There's no end to the current crop of bad new I'm afraid. I've just had a phone call from David Hamer to tell me that guitarist Edward William (Ted) Hanley, who lived in Liverpool before moving to Rossendale in 1991, died on 7th February in Rossendale. The funeral will take place on Wednesday the 20th Feb, when there there will be a motorbike and sidecar hearse, and motor bike cortege. They will leave Woodtop Funeral Chapel BB4 6DJ, on Bury Rd., Rawtenstall, at 10-20am for the funeral at Accrington Crematorium at 11am. Everybody is welcome to join the reception afterwards between 12noon and 12-15 at Sunnybank Social Club, Helmshore, BB4 4LQ. It would be helpful if you contact David Hamer on 01706 216401, if you intend going to the reception, so that appropriate catering arrangements can be made.
I only knew Ted over recent years seeing him a number of times at Beaufort Jazz. Paul Budgen, who ran BJ, was very fond of Ted and always made sure he made way for a solo spot for him at the monthly sessions. I know there will be a large contingent from Liverpool area attending a special, and different funeral service. It would seem that the funeral will be a very lively Gypsy Jazz affair, lots of musos from that genre of jazz. Guitarist extraordinaire Gary Potter is down to play at the service, and Gypsy band Trez Fez, led by violinist Don May, will be be playing after. I could visualise the jamming going on for some time. A medical appointment unfortunately renders me unable to attend and pay respects to a very popular gentleman.
I'm deeply saddened to hear of the death of Ted Hanley. We played together several times back in the eighties before both leaving Liverpool in different directions in 1991, and I enjoyed his musicianship and his company. My condolences to his friends and family.
Allan Wilcox, Nant Peris, Wales.
Derek Brown and I agreed that one of us (me) would go to the Chapel of Rest, that Derek would go to to the Crematorium, and that we would meet up at the Wake, to be joined by bikers and musicians from far and wide.
The most poignant photo that either of us took was this one of Derek's as the Cortege drew into the cemetery
Acknowledgement - Bethany English - Rossendale Free Press, 22nd Feb 2013
DOZENS of motorcyclists flocked to the funeral of a well-known rider. Musician Edward William Hanley, known as Ted, had a lifelong love of classic and vintage bikes. His coffin was borne by a Triumph motorcycle hearse and side car and accompanied by some of his motorcyclist friends on their bikes.
Ted attended vintage motor bike rallies across the country and enjoyed riding in the Lakes and Peak District. His favourite motorcycle was a Panther and he also rode modern Honda bikes. He was a well-respected jazz musician and tutor and played regularly at clubs and restaurants in the area and further afield and had played around the world. One of his favourite musicians was Django Reinhardt. Several of his musician friends performed some of his favourite jazz tunes at the funeral and afterwards at a buffet at Sunnybank Social Club. He regularly played at Spring Terrace Working Men's Club and Ramsons restaurant in Ramsbottom and had also spent many years working on cruise ships.
Ted also had a passion for aviation and flew from Barton Aerodrome and also piloted gliders from Chipping. He passed away on Thursday, February 7 at the Royal Blackburn Hospital from pneumonia aged 75 after battling cancer for many years. His friend of 4o years David Hamer paid tribute to him. He said: "He was a true gentleman and a friend to all motorcyclists and he will be sadly missed. "This was a good way to see him off." Ted was originally from Liverpool but moved to Myrtle Grove in Helmshore in 1991. He leaves many friends and his nephew Jamie who lives in Wales.
The funeral was held on Wednesday, February 20 at Accrington Crematorium. Donations in Ted's memory can be made for The Christie Hospital via funeral director Emma Turnbull for Ashworth and Baker Funeral Service, Rawtenstall.
I wish to thank all those who attended and participated in the splendid send-off given to our dear friend Edward (Ted) Hanley) on the occasion of his funeral on 20th February 2013. Also for the many donations received in his memory in support of the Christie Cancer Hospital, Manchester.