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Brass band member, 95, breaks Guinness world record

  • By Booth Heidi & Jennifer Harby
  • BBC news

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Tom Street – pictured with his grandson Louis – said playing music for a lifetime is ‘fun’

A 95-year-old man has been honored by Guinness World Records for his lifelong love of music.

Tom Street, from Heage in Derbyshire, was named the longest-serving man in the brass band.

Mr Street, who has been a member of the Heage Silver Band for 82 years and 332 days, was amazed with Sunday’s praise of his grandson Louis, 21.

He described playing brass band music as “a pleasure”.

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Mr Street (second from left) joined the band as a teenager

Mr Street said he joined the band at the age of 14 after receiving his first umbrella when he was 5 years old.

Before being presented with the record award, he thought he was going to be taken to a pub – but instead, he was taken to the band’s room.

“I wonder what all this is about,” said Mr. Street.

“I looked around and saw all my friends here. I’ve been playing with them for years.”

Louis said his grandfather’s love of music dates back to childhood.

“It’s basically his life, two or three times a week,” he said.

“When I was two years old, he gave me a cornet. He said ‘music can express things that words cannot.’

“I think without him the band wouldn’t be where it is today, so it was an incredible effort.”

A spokesperson for Guinness World Records said: “What an incredible achievement.

“Congratulations to Tom on becoming a holder of the Guinness World Records title.”


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