Downton Band stalwart Pete Tanner has sadly passed away aged 69 years old. Pete, who lived with his wife Liz on Slab Lane in Woodfalls was a popular character in the local area and also well-known across the brass band world.
In his time Pete was a plumber, a postie, an avid collector of paintings and historical artifacts, a keen follower of cricket (particularly his
son Ian's exploits) and he even had a brief stint as a football manager!
But it was for brass playing that Pete was particularly well known. Pete went to school in Gravel Close so it was only natural that he ended up taking the short trip down the lane to Downton's bandroom where he learnt to play horn.
Pete was to become a lifetime member of Downton Band becoming the longest serving member of the band and taking great pride in the band's near 150 year-old history. In his time Pete played at several prestigious national finals, took part in many trips including cultural exchanges to South Wales, played at the famous Whit Friday marches and even an appearance in a Sky Arts documentary about brass bands! In 2017 Pete was awarded his 50th Year Long Service Award by the Wessex Brass Band Association and very proud of it he was too.
Alongside playing Pete was also a tireless worker for the band. He was the longest serving member of the band's committee and alongside his wife Liz, was always first at rehearsals to help set up and last to come away from band concerts after packing everything down.
Pete is survived by his wife Liz and his four children Ian, Tom, Carrie and Ewan. He will be much missed, not only by family and friends butby brass band musicians across the UK.