1st Hartlepool Boys’ Brigade on the march for memorabilia

1st Hartlepool Boys Brigade band 1957
1st Hartlepool Boys Brigade band 1957

A LONG-ESTABLISHED band is looking for memorabilia from throughout its 100-year history to feature in a commemorative 
display.

The 1st Hartlepool Boys’ Brigade is on the lookout for any artefacts associated with its band.

1st Hartlepool Boys Brigade band Castle Howard camp 1961

1st Hartlepool Boys Brigade band Castle Howard camp 1961

The brigade company is 127 years old and the band was formed for its youngsters more than 100 years ago.

But numbers dwindled after its heyday in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, when numbers reached more than 100.

However, it was revived 19 years ago, with adult members of the brigade, including captains and warrant officers, forming the Old Boys’ Band.

Trevor Jamieson was a member of the brigade as a boy and a former captain until he emigrated to New Zealand in 2002.

1st Hartlepool Boys Brigade band Castle Howard centenery 1995

1st Hartlepool Boys Brigade band Castle Howard centenery 1995

In 2011 he returned and is playing with the band again.

He was contacted by a member of the band who has an idea of putting together a display or booklet to commemorate the 100 years of the band being set up.

Trevor said in its heyday the band was involved in marching displays, civic ceremonies, competitions and played a leading role for a number of years in the Headland Carnival.

Nowadays the band, made up primarily of Old Boys, leads the 1st Hartlepool Girls and Boys’ Brigades on their parades in Hartlepool and at their annual camp at Castle Howard.

Members of 1st Hartlepool Boys Brigade Old Boys Band

Members of 1st Hartlepool Boys Brigade Old Boys Band

It is usually involved in a parade at the war memorial at the Headland around the time of the Remembrance Sunday services.

Trevor is asking for help in gathering photographs or information, or event instruments, from former Old Boys’ Band members or their families.

Trevor, 61, who is originally from the Headland, but now lives in Middlesbrough, said: “This member felt the band has had no real recognition.
“He is hoping that we can perhaps put together some sort of booklet or display by getting in touch with former members of the band who would have photographs or stories to tell that could go in the book or display.”

Trevor, a retired St Helen’s Primary School teacher, who is married to Sandra and is a dad-of-one and grandfather-of-two, joined the company in 1964, aged 11 and played the bugle.
The band has nine buglars, six drummers and a drum major.

Anyone who can help provide memorabilia can call John Cambridge of the brigade on (01429) 297462.