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Saturday 16 October, 2021

The Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band has heaped praise on former principal cornet player, Kirsty Abbotts, who recently stepped down from the top chair with the Yorkshire band.

As reported in British Bandsman, renowned soloist and Geneva artist Kirsty resigned from her position after 19 years in the hotseat, during which time she and the band enjoyed a string of successes together.

A spokesperson for Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band said: “It feels impossible to put into words the magnitude of what Kirsty has done for the band and the incredible performances she has delivered, not just on the contest stage, but in concerts all over the UK and Europe, and week in, week out in our band room in South Elmsall.

“Everyone in the banding world will have heard Kirsty, seen the many awards and know the incredibly special talent that she is, but her contribution has been much bigger than just her incredible playing. Her support and hard work behind the scenes – both in and out of committee roles – has been exceptional. Quite simply, when the band has needed her, Kirsty has always been there on stage and off stage. No one could be a more committed or determined bandsperson. By our rough calculations, Kirsty has been to around 15 per cent of all the rehearsals the band has ever had since its formation in 1884 – a pretty decent record.”

The statement continued: “Of course the band is sad to see Kirsty go, but we recognise that the timing is right for her, and so we wish her all the love and good luck in the world. We know we won’t be strangers, and hope very much that one day maybe we’ll see Kirsty in the bandroom once again.”

Ray Sykes, chairman of Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band, added: “Over the years I’ve known Kirsty, I can’t recall the number of people who have been brought to tears by her style and elegance.

“Through good times and bad times, her positive approach to life has been inspirational. I’ve always said that she’s not just a great friend but more like a second daughter to me and she always will be. Although this news is absolutely devastating, her decision to leave the band would not have been taken lightly, far from it, but I’m sure that it is the right one for Kirsty. I, for one, will miss her dearly and she knows she will always have my full support in whatever the future holds for her. From myself and everyone at CMFCB, we wish her all the very best for the future and my door – and the bandroom door – will always be open to Kirsty Abbotts.”

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