Talented musician takes his final bow

Douglas Dickinson
Douglas Dickinson
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A veteran musician has taken a final bow on his distinguished performing career 65 years after playing his first note.

Douglas Dickinson has played thousands of concerts in more than 100 towns and villages in Lincolnshire and beyond.

The Spilsby pensioner was just 18 when he joined his first brass band in 1949.

Now aged 82, Douglas decided to step down from the bandstand earlier this year, playing his final concert in Candlesby. An accomplished cornet player, Douglas spent almost 54 years performing with Mareham le Fen Victory Silver Band.

He was a guest musician with Alford Silver Band for 44 years, played with the Spilsby Branch of the Royal British Legion for 17 years and also performed with Skegness Silver Band, Horncastle Silver Band, Louth Silver Band and Swineshead Silver Band.

Douglas began his long musical career with Hogsthorpe Silver Band playing with the band until it disbanded in the late 1950s.

A retired farm craftsman, Douglas and wife May celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary earlier this month.

Recalling the start of his playing career Douglas said: “I bumped into the band secretary who asked if I had thought about joining. I decided to have a go and they fixed me up with a cornet and tuition book.

“A friend who played euphonium helped get me going and I just picked things up along the way. We used to play on the beach at Ingoldmells and Chapel St Leonards. I once cycled about four or five miles, played a concert, cycled back to work, milked five cows and rode back for another engagement.

“It took a couple of years to get proficient, but I improved with age and experience. There is a wonderful sense of camaraderie playing in a band. I was the youngest member when I joined and oldest when I left. Without my wonderful, understanding wife it could not have happened.”