Pictured: Fred Bower
A wonderful find by our archivist Andrew Tebbs and historian John Clay, are three contest medals presented to Fred Bower, one of Black Dyke Mills Bands' long serving members. Fred was part of the famous Queensbury Bower family who served the band for almost a century, with Phineas and Harry Bower both being bandmasters in the mid to late Victorian period, and Fred playing Solo Trombone, retiring in 1930.
Medals were regularly given to the players of winning bands at both Belle Vue (British Open) and Crystal Palace (Nationals) and the practise continued until the early 1970's.
Once cleaned and catalogued, the medals will be on display in our Heritage Centre and also be listed on our heritage website.
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