The Retirement of David Brealey
David was brought up in Swansea, South Wales. After time spent in the family business of beer and wine production he joined the RAF as an aircraft fitter, finally being stationed at RAF Scampton. He came out of the RAF and worked as a lathe worker and in the pattern shop at Ruston Bucyrus in North Hykeham. He bought a house in North Hykeham and settled into family life with his wife Josie and their two boys.
When David’s sons took up playing brass and Josie was busy singing with her choir, David decided to join the boys and had tuition with Mr Hancock and latterly Sunday lessons with Walter Ritchie. He played Bb bass with the Fossdyke Band for 9 years before joining the Lincoln Hospital Band (formerly the Lincoln Central Band), later to be known as the Lincolnshire Hospitals Band when the hospital trusts merged.
David’s first instrument was purchased from the Fossdyke Band at the cost of £500. A second Bb bass was bought for £1400, after a visit to Bill Tickner’s house where he had the instrument displayed in its case, David couldn’t say ‘no’, he’s says it was money well spent. This is the instrument he played at rehearsals and concerts. His first instrument kept at home for practice time.
Despite ill health and a year off from playing David returned to play for the last two years and joined us for the majority of concerts and carolling sessions in the last year.
David has kindly donated this instrument to the band. and is retiring to enjoy reading and time with his family.
We will miss his under the breath grumbles when music can’t be found and unrepeatable titles for some pieces of music! We wish him well and a happy retirement, hoping he will still be able to come to some concerts and social occasions with the band in the future.