A sextet of bandsmen in a field

A sextet of bandsmen in a field.

Possibly members of Coniston Brass Band. The word ‘Coniston’ can just about be made out at the bottom of the drum – though it is not 100% certain. There are six men, possibly part of the band, or maybe the whole band. Standing in front of a (cricket?) field, with a distinctive building in the distance, and some people picnicking in the background. Three of the men are wearing ‘white’ crosses in their lapels. At this time this was the symbol for the Women’s Christian Temperance Union – perhaps these were being worn in solidarity, or perhaps they signified something else altogether.

There were two Coniston bands – the first was active in the 1840’s through to the mid-1870’s. The second arose around 1890 and was still performing in the 1920’s.

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