It was a meeting of band members from two countries and the link-up with a former Longridge family which made Good Friday a very special day.
Longridge Band members, former mayor Hilda Marle-Collis, band president Jim Rogerson, vice president Derek Hicks and his wife Val hosted a family group of brass band players and enthusiasts from New Zealand who have strong ties with Longridge, being descendants of the Clayton family.
Elgar Clayton is well remembered by many in Longridge as a renowned cornet player in his day before he first left the Longridge Band to play with the Faireys Band and then he emigrated.
Family members Stephen and Claire Clayton, with Linda and Chris O’Leary, were delighted to see the band room where Elgar and his family would have spent time.
Longridge player Fred Little said “It was fitting that we exchanged gifts in the band room after many stories had been told and memories evoked.”
Derek presented an engraved flask together with the latest CD recording and a ‘Band History’ book for each guest. The group also visited London, attended a wedding in the south of England and were continuing their adventure in Europe.
Fred added: ”Hopefully Longridge will stay long in their memory too.”