Tributes paid to harmonica player

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 June 2014

Bill Paton.

Bill Paton.


THE family of a Weston harmonica player who died aged 94 have paid tribute to him.

William Paton, who was born in Cardiff, moved to the town just before the outbreak of World War Two as part of the Royal West Kent Regiment.

He taught himself how to play the harmonica, and while in Weston he became the West of England Champion and took part in concerts as far as Weymouth. Along with his wife Doreen, he was a member of The Welsh Society, U3A and The Avon and Somerset Music Hall Society.

He worked for the British Aircraft Corporation in Banwell and later for the gas board in the Boulevard in Weston.

When Doreen died in 2004, he continued to live an active life and installed a new bathroom at his flat in Beaufort Road when he was aged 90.

He spent his last 18 months at The Cedars Retirement Home in Clevedon Road, where he continued to entertain the residents with his harmonica.

His family said: “Bill was always generous, kind and helpful to those around him and will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate to know him.”

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