Jimmie Charles celebrates 60 years service with Foden's

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 15 December 2020


jimmy charles 15 12 20Foden's Band and friends have congratulated Jimmie Charles who today celebrates 60 years service with Foden's

Jimmie's banding career started with the Aldridge Town Band (in the West Midlands) on 3rd cornet before progressing to Principal cornet aged fourteen. Jimmie was fortunate to commence studies with Bram Gay when he was 12 at the Birmingham School of Music, where he also played Trumpet in their Orchestra and Wind Band. During this time, he also became a member of the NYBBGB.

On a visit to Birmingham Town Hall, Jimmie attended a concert by Foden's and due to the band making such an impression he wrote to Rex Mortimer for an audition. An audition followed and Jimmie was subsequently offered Solo Cornet. In December 1960 he left home, boarded a train to Crewe, was picked up by Rex, given a Besson cornet and found lodgings in Sandbach. Since 1960 Jimmy has held various positions in the band currently being one of their Librarian team and archivist.

Mark Wilkinson commented 'All at Foden's would like to congratulate Jimmie on this fantastic milestone. Everyone who knows Jimmie will know of his love and passion for the band where he continues to be a fantastic servant. Sadly, we have been unable to celebrate this achievement as a band, however, we would like to thank the North West Brass Band Association for kindly sending a 'Diamond Diploma of Honour' certificate and 'Long Service Medal' which we have presented to him this morning. When circumstances allow, the band will arrange a relevant celebration! 

To mark this 60th Anniversary Foden's have produced a virtual 'Congratulations' including a number of congratulatory messages from close friends. Band members have also sent a private video to Jimmie offering their congratulations and thanks.


Foden's band maintains a world class reputation for providing entertainment in the field of brass music with a tradition and unique style Mark Wilkinson