We are sad to report that our former chairman, the indefatigable Steve Harrison, died on Friday July 27th of the cancer that he had suffered from for some time.
During his illness he continued guesting at folk clubs accompanying the wonderful singing of his wife Annie Dearman, and he played for dances with his Black Box Band and with The Phoenix Dance Band led by Rod Stradling. He was a valued resident at our Ryburn Folk Club and a regular at our weekly tune session at The Old Bridge Inn in Ripponden.
His voice also mysteriously came from the character of The Doctor in the Long Company Mummers Play each New Year.
The definition of ‘indefatigable’ is ‘persisting tirelessly’ and that describes Steve perfectly. He performed his duties as R3S Chair with humour and professionalism. His last gig was to lead the Black Box Big Band for our annual New Years Eve dance at Waring Green.
We will miss him, his music, erudition, humour and most of all his friendship, very much indeed.