Owen Bottomley pictured centre, receiving a clock to commemorate 25 years service.
Owen Bottomley first joined the Black Dyke Mills Band in 1915 until 1920 when he left the band for an unknown reason. He rejoined in 1926/27 on principal cornet and remained on this position until the mid 1930's when Willie Lang too over as principal cornet. Owen then played assistant principal to Willie Lang until Willie joined up in the 2nd World War. Owen took over the principal role once more during the war years until Willy Lang returned in 1946. "When I joined the band in 1958 he was playing 3rd cornet and was the deputy bandmaster whenever Jack Emmott was away, mostly during July when Jack took the Forfar band to the Edinburgh Contest. I was fortunate to be auditioned by him for my place in the band after which for 3 years I had private lessons with him." Three weeks before the National Finals in 1961, the band was in North Wales at a concert in Wrexham. After the concert Owen was rushed to hospital with a burst duodenal ulcer. He was kept there for some three weeks, so missed the finals completely. Unfortunately, he never returned to the band, but did continue working at the Black Dyke mill as a wool sorter until he retired.
Owen Bottomley pictured far right, front row
Hear Owen Bottomley play "Silver Threads Amongst the Gold"