A Freeman at Last!
We would like to congratulate our long suffering conductor on becoming an Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Cheshire West and Chester at a ceremony held on 21st January 2016.
He deserves this just for putting up with us let alone for the other things he does for the community.
Below is an extract taken from an article in The Chester Chronicle:-
Major Eddie Pickering
Major Eddie Pickering, nominated as a freeman by Chester councillor Jill Houlbrook, is well known in the borough for his work in various fields and is musical director of Ellesmere Port Concert Brass having been regimental bandmaster of the 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment for eight years.
Secretary of the Cheshire Regiment Association, where he looks after the affairs of the association, liaises with many other organisations, organises reunions and deals with welfare issues, he retired from the post of Mercian Regiment Assistant Regimental Secretary on New Year's Eve last year. Maj Pickering was also the curator of the Cheshire Military Museum.
Apart from leading the Ellesmere Port Concert Brass, he is also musical director of the Merseyside Police Band and plays the euphonium.
Maj Pickering is a member of the local fundraising committee for ABF The Soldier’s Charity. He is said to have played a huge part in all military occasions in the county town and has worked closely and supported the civic heads and civic team of the city of Chester for many years.