Happened To -
24/05/10 - Alwyn Smith has sent me a couple of pictures and asks, "Do you think your readers might be able to name the individuals and add any other information. These musicians - it looks like The Imperial Band - were parading in Yorkshire Street, Rochdale in August 1972. I've never known the reason for the event. Thank you".
My Thanks to Peter Vickers for this filmed recording of the band
Pete tells me - The drummers were John Rothwell snares, Frank Caunce bass drum. Keith Moore played Eb clarinet, Pete Vickers is playing tenor horn, Dwight Gidney was the third trumpet player, don't know who it is in the pith helmet!
24/05/10 - Hi Fred,
24/05/10 - Hi Fred.
The two trombones look like Dave Donohoe and Derek Galloway to me.
25/05/10 - Dear Fred,
It is obviously Dave
Donohoe and Derek Galloway on trombones, and Pete Smith on Sousaphone, pity I did not have this with me on Saturday evening when we attended Daves 70th birthday party, I could have asked him if he remembered the event.
25/05/10 - Hi Fred,
26/05/10 - Hi, Fred,
I asked my Rochdalian friend if she recognised the Imperial Band. She didn't and she disputed as to whether it is Rochdale. - "I don't think this was taken in Yorkshire Street. Before they built the new market and precinct, all the buildings were of red brick. I'd put money on it. Old Rochdale was red-brick, viz the Reed Hotel and the Queen Anne building that was Lloyds Bank at the bottom of Yorkshire Street. All the buildings at the top end, which are intact, are in red brick". - G.
26/05/10 - Dave Donohoe has added a few more names to Alwyn Smith's mystery parade band picture. The saxophone player was Robin Clark, and the second sax hidden behind Dave was Rod Chambers. The drummer on that occasion was Arthur Hetherington from Rotherham, and the Band Marshall was Dave's late brother Mike Donohoe. Dave hadn't seen the photographs before, so he is going to pass them on to Mike's children. Arthur Stead also emailed to say, "My diary entry for Saturday 5th August 1972 states "Rochdale Parade, Spread Eagle, 2pm to 4pm". I'm the trumpet player with the specs and white topped cap and I think Martin Sharp is the other trumpet player. Can't help with other musicians but agree that it is Derek Galloway and Dave Donohoe on trombones. I don't know what the occasion was.".
- Hi Fred
26/05/10 - Thanks Fred.
Noticeable in the group are two young boys dressed identically. Are they band members' offspring, or were they inspired by the occasion and just wanted to get involved?
26/05/10 - Hi, Fred,
Here's my Rochdalian friend's location of the Spread Eagle. - Harry Isaacs
Glad I was right about Yorkshire Street. The Spread Eagle (we used to go there with the OU) was a big pseudo-Tudor pub on the right of what was Cheetham Street. Part of the street still exists. It is on the left, a broad street about halfway up Yorkshire Street. It used to lead to St. Mary's Gate, the Sally Army, and The Baum, where the pub is in the building that housed my grandmother's ironmonger's shop which they opened when she came back from Canada. Next to the Co-Op museum. All red brick.
26/05/10 - Fred,
28/05/10 - Fred, I'm going to have a go at the copying this morning but I have just spoken to John Rothwell and he has slides of the parade that I'll copy after week-end, when he gives them to me. He confirms that the specs were the property of Frank who was playing Bass drum! Watch this space.
31/05/10 - Hi Fred,