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The Cyril Bailey Band of Lydney.

Cyril Bailey Band

The Cyril Bailey Orchestra in their heyday.
Left to right: 1 ,2 Doug Oldfield , 3 Johnny Preest (drums) , 4 Steve Jones, 5 Jack Belcher, 6 Arthur Meek, 7 Ted Annetts, 8 Cyril Bailey .
Jack Belcher is the 3rd sax player from the left in the centre. He played alto and clarinet.

Richard Martin added (February 2021): "... Ref picture Cyril Bailey band. I am writing a history of Newent Cricket Club and the band played at the club's Valentine dances in the late 1940's and early 50's. There was an Arthur Meek who was a member of the cricket club in those years and captained the 2ndteam in 1948. Does anyone know if he wasthe same person as the band member.?

Thanks to Roger Meek, Mal Preest, John Belcher, Polly Mercer, Ivor Ellis, John Marchant and B Nelson for the names.


The second picture shows Ivor Belcher on the left with the harp, James Belcher centre with the trumpet and Mr Cook with the violin. He later led his own dance orchestra as shown on the 3rd picture (below), courtesy of Robert Coldrick.

Cook's Band
Photo Courtesy of Robert Coldrick


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