Message to Kirsty Abbotts

On behalf of the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band and all members past and present, the committee would like to publicly thank Kirsty for the enormous contribution she’s made over the last 19 years.

It feels impossible to put into words the magnitude of what Kirsty has done for the band and the incredible performances she has delivered. Not just on the contest stage, but in concerts all over the UK and Europe, and week in week out in our band room in South Elmsall. Everyone in the banding world will have heard Kirsty, seen the many awards and know the incredibly special talent that she is, but her contribution has been much bigger than just her incredible playing. Her support and hard work behind the scenes – both in and out of committee roles has been exceptional. Quite simply, when the band has needed her, Kirsty has always been there on stage and off stage. No one could be a more committed or determined bands-person. By our rough calculations Kirsty has been to around 15% of all the rehearsals the band has ever had since its formation in 1884 – a pretty decent record!

Of course the band is sad to see Kirsty go, but we recognise that the timing is right for her, and so we wish her all the love and good luck in the world. We know we won’t be strangers, and hope very much that one day maybe we’ll see Kirsty in the bandroom once again.
On a more personal note, Ray Sykes, Band Chairman said: ‘Over the years I’ve known Kirsty, I can’t recall the number of people who have been brought to tears by her style and elegance.

Through good times and bad times and there have been some, believe me, her positive approach to life has been inspirational. I’ve always said that she’s not just a great friend but more like a second daughter to me and she always will be. Although this news is absolutely devastating, her decision to leave the Band would not have been taken lightly, far from it but I’m sure that it is the right one for Kirsty. I for one will miss her dearly and she knows she will always have my full support in whatever the future holds for her.

From myself and everyone at CMFCB we wish her all the very best for the future and my door and the Bandroom door will always be open to Kirsty Abbotts’

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