New President for Alford Silver Band

New Alford Silver Band President Richard Quantrell (left) with bandmaster Alan Waite
New Alford Silver Band President Richard Quantrell (left) with bandmaster Alan Waite

Local solicitor and Alford Town Councillor Richard Quantrell has agreed to take on the role of Alford Silver Band’s new President.

Richard succeeds Margaret Sutton, who stepped into the role in 2012 but who now wishes to revert to her previous role as one of the band’s vice presidents for personal and family reasons.

“Margaret has served the band brilliantly as President for three years,” said the band’s chairman, Martin Briggs.

“She has always been there to guide and support us. But she indicated earlier this year that for personal reasons she would like to return to the less onerous position of vice president.

“Whilst the band is sorry to see her step down, we must respect her wishes. I know that Margaret will continue to give us every support from the vice president’s chair; and we are delighted that she will continue as the welfare mentor for the younger members of the band as part of our established child protection policy.

He added: “Margaret promised to stay on as president until we found a suitable replacement. It wasn’t easy to find someone of her calibre, but we are delighted that we managed to persuade Richard to take on the role.”

Richard has some musical skills, though not as a brass musician, but his children were members of the band in their younger days, so feels a close connection with the band.

He said: “I was honoured and delighted to be asked to take on the role as President.

“Margaret will be a very hard act to follow and I know I shall have to do a lot of research to match her knowledge when it comes to introducing performances. But I am looking forward to the challenge immensely.

“Alford Silver Band has always had a strong reputation for the excellence and professionalism of its performances locally,” he continued “and in recent years, this reputation has spread ever wider. The band also is renown for the excellent work it does with young people.

“I am looking forward to working with the band towards an even more successful future.”