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Tribute: Ken Mountain

Ken was born in December 1920 and would have celebrated his 100th birthday this December. In recent months Ken was well looked after by John and his family; Ken was married to Carol, John’s mum.

Ken loved his music and when he came to our house for his Sunday lunch, Ken would always bring different records and conduct to them whilst lunch was being served and eaten.  He was  quick to give advice about the speeds and dynamics of music, particularly when the Band was rehearsing music that Ken was familiar with.

When Norman Short retired as Sheffield Citadel Bandmaster, he eventually took responsibility for the Divisional Fellowship Band, and this was just the boost Ken needed at that time. Bandmaster Norman was brilliant with Ken, taking him to rehearsals and festivals, and then later going to collect Ken and take him to the Sunday morning meeting at The Citadel.

Ken finished his banding career as a second trombone player but his main love was the extensive time when he was the Citadel Band’s bass trombone player.  As Ken often said, “Yer can’t beat G trom.  Best instrument in the band.”  You could certainly hear Ken.  It became obvious to a young bandsman such as myself who sat and marched next to Ken, how much he enjoyed his service in the Citadel Band as the “Bass trom” player.  Ken’s brother Wilf was a very fine euphonium player, moving to Canada, doing a lot of solo work, and becoming the corps bandmaster at Hamilton.  Ken was very proud of Wilf.

Ken loved to march, especially when the band was playing 6/8 marches, and he was in his own little world when marching from Fitzalan Square to the old Citadel on Cross Burgess Street.  The pride he had in playing his part well, and loudly, was evident, and he would frequently give advice about how 6/8 marches should be played on “The March”.  Ken had been a soldier in the regular Army and brought his love of marching with him when he returned to civilian life.

There are many stories one could recount when thinking of Ken but my remaining memory of him will be in the high standards he set himself, and expected of other people.  One of his favourite congregational songs was “What a Friend We Have In Jesus”.  He knew his Saviour well and was proud to serve his Lord, as a Citadel bandsman.

It was a pleasure to sit beside Ken when I joined the band; a tremendous character, he provided many humorous moments, but above all, he clearly was a bandsman for the best of reasons: he was playing for the Lord he knew and was delighted to serve.

Ian Wileman


Tribute: Arthur Greaves

Arthur GreavesArthur Greaves first came into contact with the Salvation Army when he met Alf Wileman in 1939, in Shepshed, Leicestershire, where they were both evacuated to from Sheffield. Arthur used to go to the Army open-air and barrack them. Alf befriended him because they were both from Sheffield and he eventually persuaded Arthur to come back to meeting. After a week or two of attending the meetings he was converted. From then on he attended all the meetings and the Corps Cadets and he joined in whenever the young people were involved in anything. Alf taught Arthur to play tenor horn whilst at Shepshed, where he stayed until the end of the War. He then linked up with the Army upon his return to Sheffield, where he worked in the steelworks.

At the Citadel on Cross Burgess Street, Arthur spent a little time in the Junior Band before transferring to the Senior Band. He married Joan at the Citadel in the early 1950s. Arthur was a member of the Band for about 42 years, exclusively on the 2nd horn section – his ‘run up’ in the march The Canadian was always eagerly anticipated! Arthur went to Finland on the Band’s first overseas tour in 1966 and carried out many years sterling service as the band’s librarian (and also on the Kop at Bramall Lane, where he was renowned for berating both opposition players and referees alike. ‘Tha looks like tha’s been shipwrecked o’er a barrel’ was one of his well-known insults!)

Arthur spent the last few years of his life in a nursing home and so, sadly, was only able to come to worship at the Citadel occasionally.  He died in early February and is remembered fondly by so many.  A faithful servant, promoted to glory.


Tribute to Band Reservist Harold Fisher

Harold FisherHarold Fisher was born to Salvationist parents in Chesterfield in 1941, where he grew up and progressed through the Junior Corps to Senior Soldiership, eventually becoming Bandmaster.  Harold married his wife and life-long companion Barbara in 1962, becoming parents to Helen and Beverley and eventually grandparents of Gemma, Jack and Jorge.

After transferring to Sheffield Citadel in more recent years, Harold proved to be a conscientious and reliable, and much respected member of the Senior Band – testimony to which was the distance that some young Bandsmen travelled to be present at the thanksgiving service to his life.  At Sheffield, Harold also undertook the positions of Songster Sergeant, Songster Secretary and Publications Sergeant.  He went out of his way to ensure that everyone was made welcome at the Corps and was consistent in this and all other duties.

Harold spent all of his working life with Chesterfield Borough Council and it was whilst he was the Housing Manager for Staveley & District that Harold was instrumental in providing accommodation for The Salvation Army to recommence its witness in Staveley – work which continues today.

Harold’s faith and witness was constant, even through a long and debilitating illness leading to his Promotion to Glory.  Although greatly missed by family and friends, Harold Fisher will be remembered as a true Christian Gentleman.

Major Les Taylor


Tribute – Stanley Dixon

Stan Dixon

On 15th September we said farewell to Stan Dixon, our 2nd Horn player.  Stan had only been at the Citadel for two years having transferred from the Attercliffe Temple Corps when it closed in November 2010, but he will be remembered as a truly great Christian gentleman who was loved by all for his kindness and sense of humour.  Stan arrived at Attercliffe as a young man where, after his war service, he married Doreen in 1950 but was sadly left a widower in 1976 when Doreen died of cancer, leaving Stan and their son Nigel.  Nigel later married Cheryl Oates whose father was a euphonium player at the Citadel and eventually transferred to the Citadel with Cheryl and their three sons.

During his time at Attercliffe Stan served as Corps Sergeant Major, Corps Treasurer and YPSM as well as being a bandsman and songster, and in 2008 he was presented with a certificate of 70 years service as a bandsman by Dr Stephen Cobb the ISB Bandmaster.  The influence Stan had on people was shown by the number of young men attending his funeral who had all been members of his SABAC group.  Stan was a member of the South Yorkshire Fellowship Band and when Attercliffe closed and he moved to The Citadel he was delighted at the age of 87 to be asked to play in the Citadel band, a duty he was able to do until just 6 weeks before his Promotion to Glory aged 89.

It was a privilege to have known Stan – the epitome of a gentleman, who worked unselfishly for his Lord, was never derogatory about anyone and who lived a life to which we should all aspire.

Tribute written by Gerald Brooks

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