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Fairey rebrands as it honours proud heritage

Friday 1 October, 2021

One of the most famous names in banding has received a tweak, with The Fairey Band now known as WFEL Fairey.

Established in 1937 by Sir Richard Fairey, founder of Fairey Aviation in Heaton Chapel, Stockport, the band has rehearsed on site ever since. While the company has operated under several different names, perhaps most notably Williams Fairey Engineering, the band has always retained the Fairey name.

It is understood the change aims to better reflect the continued close links and support Williams Fairey Engineering Ltd (WFEL) offers the band.

A spokesperson for WFEL Fairey said: “For the WFEL Fairey Band, as with all bands, there has been a period of uncertainty and disruption. With the light at the end of the COVID tunnel now beginning to shine, it is hoped that we and the banding fraternity in the UK and across the world can begin to look to the future with hope, anticipation and increasing optimism.”

Image of Fairey players: Lorne Campbell | Guzelian


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