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A Country Tragedy - The Death Of Samuel Crumpler
A Country Tragedy - The Death Of Samuel Crumpler
The story of my 4th Great Grandfather Samuel Crumpler who died in Lytchett Matravers in 1849 after being gored by his bull. 
Visit of Hebden Bridge Band,Todmorden & District News, 29th Jun 1934
Visit of Hebden Bridge Band,Todmorden & District News, 29th Jun 1934

The visit of the Hebden Bridge Band always provides one of the most popular attractions of the open air concert season at Centre Vale Park, Todmorden, and it was unfortunate that the weather last Sunday did not behave more kindly towards this well-known combination. Both in the afternoon and evening the conditions were cold and there were a few showers, with the result that there was only a moderate attendance. Under the direction of Mr. Sam Townend, the band contributed two well balanced programmes in a style that made an instant appeal.

In the afternoon they opened with a march "Blencathra" (Greenwood) followed by an overture "La rose de Peronne" (Adam) and a selection from Verdi's works arranged by Rimmer. A trombone solo "The Winning Spurt" (Clough) was contributed by Mr. W. Maden, whilst Mr. A. L. Thomas played a cornet solo. Other items by the band included a selection "Melodius Review" (Rimmer), a waltz, "La Chatalain" (arr. Heap), and another selection, "L' Arlesienne" (arr. Godfrey)

The evening concert again opened with a march, the popular "Avondale" (Rimmer), following which the band played Auber's overture, "Le Duc de Alonne" and a selection "La Africain" (Meyerbeer). Mr. Thomas contributed another cornet solo, and a euphonium solo "The Gypsies Warning" (Hartman) was played by Mr. Ernest Darwin. Other items included selections "The Arcadians" (Monckton), and "The Grand Duchess" (Offenbach), and a fantasia "A Variety Show" (Rimmer).

Ernest Darwin was my grandmother Connnie's second husband and we grew up with him as our "grandad". He was an accomplished musician who played at some point for most of the big Yorkshire Brass Bands before moving to Bournemouth shortly after WWII. 


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