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Founding member of Weston’s RAFA band dies, aged 89, but his ‘stories and jokes will live on’

PUBLISHED: 08:09 28 September 2017

Neil Eyre taking a break during the opening of Worlebury Woods nature site.

Neil Eyre taking a break during the opening of Worlebury Woods nature site.

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A Weston-super-Mare man known for his many performances with the town’s Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) Concert Band will be remembered as a ‘big friendly giant’.

Neil Eyre playing at Craft Fair in the Winter Gardens. Neil Eyre playing at Craft Fair in the Winter Gardens.

Neil Eyre, one of the founding members of the band, has died at the aged of 89 after a battle with illness.

He joined the Royal Navy aged 17 and then the Royal Marines as a bandsman, serving for 11 years.

Following a brief period enjoying civilian life, Neil joined RAF Music Services as a musician, completing his career at RAF Locking.

The Eb bass player was also accomplished on the accordion and keyboard.

The RAFA ban’s musical director Peter Skellon said he will was as ‘a good friend’ and a ‘well-respected’ musician, and added: “There are not enough words to describe Neil’s love of music and entertaining people – he was a real BFG (big friendly giant).

“His stories and jokes will live on with those who knew him.”

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