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The following is copied from a newspaper clipping:

This interesting photograph taken in 1903 shows the Lydbook Excelsior Band which was formed in 1900 and later not surprinsingly became known as the "the Morgans' Band" with no fewer than six brothers playing. The Morgan family consisted of eight sons and three daughters, every one of them of whom could play an instrument, later with their own sons, the Morgans'numbers in the band rose to twelve.

In the center of the band is the Bandmaster, Augustus Morgan who was accidently killed at Trafalgar Colliery in 1917. With his brother Oliver he regulary played the fanfare for the Judge at the opening ceremony of Monmouth Assizes. A daughter of Augustus was Vera, whose band "Vera and her Victorians" is well known to old time dancing enthusiasts in the Forest, and a grandson Robert Morgan, is the present director of Lydbook Onward Band.

In the photograph are from left to right, back row: A. Morgan, A. Ballinger, R. Whittington, C. Davis, S. Morgan (man in cap not known), G. Morgan, W. Gollet, middle row: L.Madley, O. Morgan, A. Morgan, A. Freeman, N. Ballinger, front row: L. Phelps and T. Morgan.

We are indebted to Mr. Tom Morgan of Hill View, Milkwall for the loan of the photograph.

(Photo supplied by Gillian Macmillan)


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