Geraldine and Andrew’s beautifully inscribed Silver Cornet

Just before Easter the band had a call from Geraldine Featherstone asking if she and her friend David Ingram could meet up with a view of presenting a cornet to the band. Geraldine currently lives in Cyprus and has kindly forwarded some photos of the presentation, and also some when David presented the cornet to Geraldine and her brother Andrew.

Engraved cornet
Engraved cornet

Geraldine recalls: ‘My brother and I were truly delighted with this gift from David, and are delighted to present it to the Betteshanger Colliery Welfare Band. It is a fitting tribute in memory of Mum and Dad but, also, going back to my Grandfather, Sydney Frost, in Dereham, Norfolk.’

‘My brother is making a plaque to be attached to the box housing the cornet, (which is the original, by the way), and he is also going to send you some words on the history of our Grandfather setting up the Dereham Silver Band in the 1930’s.’

Geraldine Featherstone and David Ingram present the silver cornet to the Musical Director and Secretary of Betteshanger Colliery Band


Pictured below is Geraldine and Andrews Father Geoffrey Frost along with their Grandfather Sydney Frost as Bandmaster.


East Dereham Silver Band
Geraldine Featherstone: ‘The East Dereham Silver Band, date approximately 1936/37. Bandmaster (front row with baton ) is Sydney Frost, my Grandfather. My father, Geoffrey Frost, is behind him to the left in this photograph ( the one with the wonky hat ), he was only about 14 years old at the time.’


East Dereham Silver Band featuring Geraldine and Andrews Father and Grandfather.

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