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Ruspidge Accordion Band, Gloucestershire 1939.

image: Ruspidge Accordion Band 1939

This photo was sent in for Mr Jackson by Steve Moth who wrote (April 2007): "The gentleman top left is Roger's grandfather William Jackson (holding the baton). William Jackson started the band and also gave Accordion lessons in the band room at the premises of Tramway Garage, Motor Engineers, Ruspidge, which he also started. The band room still exists. The gentleman far right middle row on the percussion, is Roger's father Wilfred Jackson".

Back row, 1 William Jackson. 2 Bill Jackson, 3 Unknown 4 Unknown 5 Reg (Dink) Davies, He survived Dunkirk.
Middle row. 1 Unknown 2 Unknown 3 unknown 4 Wilf Jackson.
Front row, 1 Unknown 2 Amy Howells, 3 unknown 4 unknown 5 Margaret Howells 6 Kath (she married and moved up North.) 7 unknown 8 unknown 8 Cecil Partridge.

Sylvia Phillips (nee Jackson) added (March 2010): "... William Jackson was founder of the band. His grandson Roger many years later married Kath's daughter Virginia".

Dorothy Smith (nee Partridge) added (October 2007) "Front Row , at position 9 (from the left) is Cecil Partridge - Cecil Partridge is my Uncle and I remember going to concerts at the memorial hall Ruspidge.

Robert Jackson added (November 2015): "... My Father was Bill Jackson (2nd from left back row) and I recall going to dances held at Ruspidge Memorial Hall when I was a boy in the 1950s. I probably made a nuisance of myself running between the couples who were dancing there. I have many fond memories as a child in the Forest. I never moved far away and the Forest of Dean means more to me than ever. I remember looking out of the window of my parents council flat in Buckshaft and seeing plumes of white smoke as the trains ran along the railway line in the valley below in Ruspidge".

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