Tribute march for bandsman

The late Bob Young, from St Leonards, in full Pipe and Drum band regalia
The late Bob Young, from St Leonards, in full Pipe and Drum band regalia

A POPULAR member of the 1066 Pipes and Drums band has died aged 76 from cancer after a short illness.

Bob Young, of Sedlescombe Road South, died in Brighton General Hospital eight months after being diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus.

Born and bred in Hastings, he started drumming aged 15 and went on to play in St John’s Ambulance Band, Hastings and St Leonards Brass Band and the charity band The Revellers.

In 2001, Bob joined the 1066 band and became an integral part of the music.

A father-of-three, Bob worked as a general labourer before becoming a caretaker at Silverdale Primary School for 30 years until his retirement.

His great-grand parents hailed from the Wester Ross district of the Scottish Highlands which inspired his love for the traditional marching sound.

Bob, who served in the Royal Signal Corps during National Service, played with the band right up until he was diagnosed with cancer in April last year.

He was a regular at the Civil Service Club on Old Roar Road where the band meets for practice every week.

Bob died on December 27 and leaves a widow Joyce and two grandchildren.

On Friday (January 20) his band colleagues will pay a moving tribute when they perform a funeral march.

Up to 20 members will march with the funeral hearse from the main gates to the crematorium.

Bob’s favourite snare drum will be placed inside the hearse.

His younger brother Bill, 67, from Hollington, will play the bagpipes.

He said: “It will be a very poignant march as Bob was a popular member of the band and loved by all.

“He was always very outgoing and could hold a beat or two.

“The escort will be a very fitting tribute to his life. He loved the pipe music and I’m sure his ancestors would have been very proud of him.

“He will be sorely missed.”