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Leicestershire brass bandsman set to retire aged 92

A 92-year-old Leicestershire brass bandsman is hoping to finally retire after more than 80 years of playing.

Bob Taylor, from Melton Mowbray, first picked up a horn when he was six years old and has played in almost 30 bands since.

He began playing with the Salvation Army when he was just seven years old and is currently a member of Tornado Brass which he formed in 1984.

He said he now hoped to take a rest - but only once a replacement was found.

"I want someone to come and sit beside me so I can get them into the ways of Tornado Brass before I pack up.

"I thought I might be playing until I was 100."

Steve Warden, from Tornado Brass, said: "Locally he's known as Mr Music because in Melton town he's been associated with music for many, many years.

"So to fill Bob's shoes, it's not going to be done - fill his seat and play the tuba, that's going to be a lot easier."

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