Today, (23 April) marks the passing of my younger brother, Ian, who left us an unbelievable 14 years ago. I remember supporting my mother as we stood shivering in a cold wind, watching Ian's casket being lowered into the ground at Wakefield's cemetery. Now my mother has gone too...
The 23rd of April was also Ian's birthday. He was just 50 when he died.
Ian was a wonderful brother, much loved by all who knew him and I still miss him profoundly. His smile and good humour, along with his musical talents blessed my life for fifty years. A tremendous loss to me.
Here are two photographs: One is of Ian when he was a child, taken in the garden of the bungalow at Reighton Gap on the East Yorkshire Coast. The bungalow was owned by Ada and Herman Ackroyd who were friends of my parents and they would let us holiday there for free. The photo' is taken during the latter part of the 1950s.
The second photo' is of Ian playing his sax during a soundcheck at 'The Duke Of Cumberland' pub in North Ferriby at one of the Nelsonica events.