WE ARE very sad to report the following news about our good friend Archie Taylor who played his saxophone solos with the band for over 10 years and featured in all our recent concerts this year.
Archie was a keen sailor and kept his dinghy at Gwbert boat club in west Wales.
He took his boat out on Easter Saturday morning for a day’s sailing but when he had not returned by 5.30pm the alarm was raised and a full air and sea search was put into operation using helicopters and lifeboats.
His empty boat was found but Archie was missing. The search continued on the Sunday but there was no sign of Archie and by evening the search was scaled down as it was felt that there was no longer any chance of finding him alive.
Since then the police and coastguard have done coastline searches at low tide, but Archie is still missing. Understandably everyone in the band is shocked and stunned by this as I’m sure are all those who have heard him play with us at the various concert venues. He had become part of our wider band family.
After a number of weeks Archie’s body was washed ashore further north along the coast. His funeral service was held at Accrington Crematorium on Friday June 16.
An ensemble of past and present band members took part in this service and this contribution included ‘Autumn Leaves’ which Archie had regularly played on his more recent concert appearances.
A sad time for all having to say goodbye to such a talented musician, great friend of the band and an altogether really nice guy.