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Roger Lumb. 1948 - 2016

After a long battle with cancer, Roger Lumb passed away peacefully on Monday morning 18th July 2016, aged 68, in hospital surrounded by his family, and with his beloved wife Lesley with whom he’d enjoyed 50 happy years. He was one of the band's longest serving members.

Roger and Lesley first came to the WYFRS band back in the early 1990s as supportive parents, following the musical desires of their two young boys. They quickly became involved in helping run the band, and were an active part of the social side to the band.

After the boys moved on from music, Roger continued to be involved with the band, bringing with him his experience and talents from his other musical interest – The Yorkshire Corps of Drums. He became a regular helper on the bass drum, and could often be seen as a towering figure on parade, beating the commands in the middle of the band.

More recently, Roger retired his sticks, and become invaluable with his work in the library. He acquired the affectionate title of “Laminator General” as he set about backing the bands’ entire catalogue of marches with the West Yorkshire Fire Service Band logo. He was also the “go-to” person when it came to instrument maintenance. Always having a set of pliers or a small hacksaw to hand, the entire band would rely upon Roger when it came to a sticky valve or a lyre box needing attention. He never disappointed.

Roger had his own brand of wit and humour, which brought a smile to everyone’s day. He was a huge advocate of the Yorkshire dialect and whilst serving on a number of the bands’ tours, would often be found trying to explain to the locals, words like “thissen” and “seethi”. Most of the ladies in the band were greeted at rehearsals with a cheerful “Hello, flower pot!”

Roger was a passionate follower of both the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and the WYFRS band for over 25 years. He will be sadly missed by all members of the band.

On Yorkshire Day, 1st August 2016, we all said our final good bye's to Roger, at Park Wood Crematorium. The band we're proud to perform Fanfare for The Common Man as Roger arrived.

Immediately following the ceremony The band also played alongside our colleagues from the WYFRS Pipe Band and the TWFRS Pipe Band, as we signed off with a rousing performance of Highland Cathedral, followed by Yorkshire Relish.

R.I.P. Roger Lumb. 1948 - 2016