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Northfleet Silver Band
The Northfleet Silver Band was in existence before the 1st World War. Edgar Crane, born 1916 became a member of the band in 1931 He remembers performing at the old Ebbsfleet Park on the bandstand
In '1931 the band practiced at the Y M C.A at the bottom of Station Road opposite the railway station For which they paid £1 a year rent. with council rates on top of that
In 1931 there were about 35 members. they performed at Crystal Palace and won many awards they became London and Home Counties Champions. Before the 2nd World War they performed at Alexander Palace which was broadcast on the radio They were also due to broadcast live on the radio on the day that world War II broke out in September 1939 Obviously the broadcast was cancelled.
During the war a band was formed in the 17Th Regiment Home Guard where some players from the Northfleet and Swanscombe bands who were in reserved occupations played under the leadership of Fred Garth. After the war the band reformed. but unfortunately they had lost many of the players. and they never regained their championship form.
After the 2nd World War to help raise funds for the band. social evenings were arranged at the Factory Hall. which were always very well attended Edgar Crane would organise these events with the help of the ladies committee. The band also gave many concerts at the Factory Hall.