A new book by Mark Learey has just been published, covering the history of Heathfield Silver Band, in Sussex. Mark first contacted me a couple of years ago during his research for the book, and I hope it will find some interested readers out there.
Blowing up the High Street – The Story of Heathfield Silver Band. ISBN: 978-1399910446. Available to order online from www.blowingupthehighstreet.com.
“… is a must-read for all local history enthusiasts and anyone with a keen interest in the amateur brass band scene. It explores the story of a rural community band in a fresh and engaging way, fusing social and oral history through the vivid and often amusing memories of bandmembers past and present. The book aims to be detailed and yet accessible. There are chapters covering each decade, thematic essays, short biographies, stories and poems, and a rich selection of photographs from the Band’s history. There is also a foreword by Philip Harper, musical director of the world famous Cory Band. Blowing up the High Street provides a unique case study into traditional brass banding in Sussex.”