Keith is on song again

The Future Is Orange: Sue Metcalf, Dorothy Keir, Graham Barnett, Albert Keir and Sarah Barker of the Bakewell branch of Age UK get dressed in their orange outfits and wigs as they launch the Spread The Warmth campaign against fuel poverty.
The Future Is Orange: Sue Metcalf, Dorothy Keir, Graham Barnett, Albert Keir and Sarah Barker of the Bakewell branch of Age UK get dressed in their orange outfits and wigs as they launch the Spread The Warmth campaign against fuel poverty.

DECADES of dedication from a Darley Dale musician has led to him picking up another prestigious award.

Keith Sheldon, who landed a Mercury New Year’s Honour certificate earlier this month, has been named as Butlin’s 2012 Band Person of the Year trophy.

The 71-year-old was handed the accolade during a ceremony at the holiday camp in Skegness.

The Southbourne Avenue resident said: “It’s wonderful, I had no idea. It was a great surprise – just like it was to get the award from the Mercury because I treasure that.

“They had asked me to site near the stage and I wondered why they had asked me to do that!

“It’s my 65th year and everything is coming right, I feel so proud.”

Keith has been playing the euphonium since 1947 and still practices two hours a day.

But he has no plans to hang up his instrument yet and is looking to travel to Swansea for the international brass band summer school in the coming months.