Banding world comes together in memory of Paul Walton

AN ‘all stars’ concert in memory of well-known Saddleworth brass band musician Paul Walton raised more than £700 for the British Heart Foundation.

And tributes have been paid to the former member of  Boarshurst Silver, Uppermill and Dobcross Bands who played with Heaton Chapel based, Fairey Band, at the time of his passing.

Paul, survived by wife Nicky and their four children, Alex, Anna, James and Lucy, died suddenly in December.

His funeral will take place at St Bartholomew’s Church, Wilmslow on Thursday, January 23 at 12.30pm. 

Players from Cory, Black Dyke, Fodens, Fairey, Grimethorpe, Carlton Main, City of Bradford, Hepworth, Oldham and Hammonds formed a Scratch Band for the memorial concert at Boarshurst Band Club, Greenfield where Paul was once a member of the B section.

Among pieces of music played was a piece entitled Peace and dedicated to Paul.

Posting on her husband’s Facebook page Nicky wrote: “We are all so touched by your wonderful tributes to Paul. 

“At such a sad time it has been a comfort to know that he was surrounded by so much love. 

“He was a wonderful husband, father, son and brother, who will be missed dearly. His humour, warmth and enthusiasm will remain with us forever. 

“We will make a more formal announcement in due course, but the funeral at St Bartholomew’s Church in Wilmslow. 

“It would be great to see you all there, to pay our respects to Paul and to reflect on all our fondest memories.” 

A post on the Fairey Band Facebook page said: “It is with extremely heavy hearts we now announce the sudden and untimely passing of Paul Walton – Fairey Band member and father of the band’s percussionist, Alex.

“Our announcement simply echoes the many tributes already made, which describe Paul as a loving family man, loyal friend, talented player and dedicated bandsman.

“We are deeply shocked and saddened at this terrible loss to his family, and the banding world.”

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