The Fishburn Band has announced the sad news of the death of their Vice-President and banding stalwart Billy Elliott, aged 71. He passed away in hospital on 11th November.
A spokesperson told 4BR: "Billy was a huge supporter and a man with extraordinary skills for fund raising.
He had suffered with ill health for some time which necessitated many hospital admissions, though he still continued a connection with the band and was so determined to lead us at the famous Durham Miners Gala that he came on his mobility scooter."
He will be greatly missed by those associated with Fishburn Band and the wider brass band communityFishburn Band
They added: "We heard the news of his death on our Remembrance duties in Birtley, which added an extra feeling of poignancy to the day.
He will be greatly missed by those associated with Fishburn Band and the wider brass band community."