Terry's trumpet playing for NHS heroes sparks requests from neighbours

A retired Blackpool and St Annes musician and bandleader has been entertaining his neighbours during the ‘Clap For Carers’ by performing music with his trumpet.

Friday, 24th April 2020, 5:00 pm

Terry Reaney, 82, of Rowsley Road in St Annes has even been getting requests following four performances now outside his home.

With hits including ‘Thank You Very Much’ by The Scaffold and ‘Over The Rainbow’, Terry’s trumpet playing has become a weekly occurrence at 8pm on Thursday and it’s all to acknowledge the NHS’ heroes he says.

Terry said: “I have done four performances now and I started doing it after seeing the first ‘Clap For Carers’.

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Terry has been playing his trumpet for 'Clap For Carers'

“I thought I would give it a go and thank our health service workers by playing on the trumpet and giving my neighbours a boost as well.

“I have always believed you should try and play for the audience, and not for yourself, so it’s been really nice to have people request songs for me to play.

“Over The Rainbow was a request and Amazing Grace was as well but who knows what I will be playing for my neighbours next week, but the ultimate decision is if I can do it with just a trumpet.”

Terry says he has been a professional musician for 65 years and his heyday was around 1965 to 1970 when he was the resident trumpet player at Blackpool’s Mecca Ballroom.

The 82-year-old has had requests from neighbours

From 1979, Terry also taught music in a number of Fylde coast schools including Arnold, Rossall and St Bedes.

He added: “Some people look at old people and think they have never done anything but if you see behind the grey hair there is a whole life of stories to be told or played in my case!”