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Courtney's Junior Accordion Band in the early 1950s
Courtney's Junior Accordion Band in the early 1950s
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‘It makes you think about the men who gave it all’

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You can just imagine the sound these talented 10 must have made when they were on song.

And ‘on song’ they frequently were.

For they won a national competition in London in 1953, having finished third the previous year.

This was Courtney’s Junior Accordion Band posing for the camera in either 1952 or 1953.

The photograph comes from Sheila Joseph (née Gale) who stumbled across it while having a sort-out at her home in Bath Road, Southsea. She’s on the right hand end of the back row.

Sheila, who also found the certificates from those two triumphant years, said the band rehearsed in Courtney’s music shop in Somers Road, Portsmouth.

And these are the names she puts to the faces of 60 years ago. Back row (l to r) Gary Holder, Ernie Sturgess, Jerry ?, Roy Liddington, Rita Cooper, Sheila Gale.

Front: Peter Doowell, Ivy Samways, Major Courtney, Joey Osborn, Carol Stigart.

Sheila, who also played duets with Ernie Sturgess, says: ‘I just wonder how many of them have this photo and can remember those days?’