Potterspury - Excelisor Band

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Only a few months ago I was able to reproduce a photograph of Potterspury excelsior band taken about 1925. It aroused considerable interest and almost  inevitably a number of readers who were in possession of photographs of an earlier era.

The photograph reproduced  above was taken in 1904 and is still in a remarkable state of preservation. It has been kindly supplied by a Potterspury resident, who tells me that the bandmaster in the photograph is Mr George Glenn, who handed over the baton two years later.

The date of formation of the band is given during the last century. At present, unfortunately it has lapsed but there are hopes in the village that one day not too far distant may see a revival.

When Mr. Glenn gave up As bandmaster, he was succeeded by Mr Herbert Tapp, who was later to become bandmaster of the Wolverton Town Band.

A trophy that is still held

The Excelsior Band holds at least one distinction according to my informant.  He tells me that during Mr. Glenn’s term of office more than 50 years ago a cup was won at a contest held at Dunstable. And that trophy is still in Potterspury, as it was never returned.

The bandsmen in the photograph are named as: back row left to right – George Tarry, Albert Packer, Harry Henson, Joe Ratcliffe, Tom Tapp; middle row – Alf Lambert, Bassett Tapp, Frank Hobson, Harold Tapp, Jack Stewart, Arthur Jefcoate, Herbert Tapp (the deputy bandmaster), Joe Tapp, and Tom Ratcliffe; front row -  Will Onan, Dick Tapp,  Sidney Packer, Charlie Stewart, Joby Tapp, Joe Packer, George Glenn (bandmaster).

At least two of them, Mr Albert Packer, now of New Bradwell, and Mr Joe Tapp of Deanshanger, are still living.

Incidentally, is there any other village in the country that can claim so many Tapps as Potterspury?






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