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Tributes paid to Queensbury tuba player
9:00am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
Friends and family have paid tributes to a tuba player who became one of the country’s most decorated brass bandsman.
B-flat bass player Derek Jackson, a stalwart of Queensbury’s Black Dyke Band, died on Saturday at 76.
He had won every honour in the contesting sphere, including British Open, European and World titles.
During his career at Black Dyke, as well as shorter stints with other bands such as Stockport’s Fairey Band and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Mr Jackson played at the Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House.
Born in Poulton-le Fylde, Lancashire, Mr Jackson moved to Queensbury as a young man.
Queensbury-born tuba player Simon Gresswell, who played next to him, said: “Derek was a pleasure to sit next to. He was a legend in his own right.”
He was also known around Queensbury, owning a high-street electrical goods shop called Renew, which later sold carpets.
Mr Jackson, who moved to Shipley 20 years ago, leaves partner Christine and three children, Nicky, Timothy and Simon.
Funeral details will be announced later.
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