Thanks to a Lytham St Anne’s News reader from Rowsley Road in St Anne’s for sharing their photograph of a wonderful, talented neighbour, Terry Reaney. This local resident wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ to Terry who gets his wonderful golden trumpet out at 8.00 p.m. every Thursday to serenade the residents with classic tunes from yesteryear. Sheffield-born Terry has passed the word amongst his neighbours (whilst strictly observing social distancing) that this is his special way of saluting the wonderful workers in the NHS.
And these admiring neighbours already knew that Terry was truly gifted as he has shared super stories of the swinging sixties when he was in the house band at the legendary Mecca Ballroom in Blackpool. This was a long way from his early days – when, in 1946, at the age of 9, Terry played the cornet with the Marsh Brook Brass Band. By 1953 he was playing his beloved trumpet – proudly playing at the Queen’s Coronation Concert. In the late 1950s he was in the band at the Empress Ballroom, before moving on to the Locarno, the Tower Ballroom and the Blackpool Mecca. The years following saw Terry in the spotlight as the featured trumpeter with the Northern Dance Orchestra, and then the famous Syd Lawrence Orchestra, and also backing touring artistes such as Shirley Bassey, Petula Clarke and Vic Damone. Terry also passed on his love of music to generations of students as a teacher in local schools and with the Blue Bird Big Band. Now having entertained the residents of Rowsley Road, this self-taught musical maestro has certainly gained a brand new fan club in FY8!
“Thank You for the Music Terry – You’re Terrific!” is the message they want to share.

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