Tributes have been paid to a musician who dedicated more than 80 years to the brass band movement in Kent, particularly Betteshanger Colliery Welfare Band.
Ivor Thomas, aged 89, of Douglas Road, Deal, died on Sunday, January 5, at the Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital in Margate.
He was president of the band and a euphonium player, with the ability to play other instruments.
Band manager Brigette Goold said: “Ivor was a true bandsman in every sense of the word.
“He was an inspiration and a fine example to all who met him.
“He will be deeply missed by us all and we send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Doreen, and children Diane, Susan and Ian at this very sad time.”
Mrs Goold added: “It has been said that Ivor was playing in brass bands before the ballpoint pen had been invented and instant coffee was still science fiction.
“Ivor was the longest serving member of the Betteshanger Colliery Welfare Band and this is a record which is unlikely to ever be beaten.
“He also represented the last of the men who both actually dug at the coal face and played in the band in the evenings. He marks the end of an era.”
For the full story and details of the funeral, see Thursday's East Kent Mercury.