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Banging the drum for Tower stalwart

Organist Phil Kelsall (right) unveils the plaque commemorating band leader Eric Delaney with Erics daughter Kindah with singer Stephen Pierre.

Organist Phil Kelsall (right) unveils the plaque commemorating band leader Eric Delaney with Erics daughter Kindah with singer Stephen Pierre.

  • by Katie Upton
 

ONE of Blackpool’s best-loved drummers has been honoured with a plaque in his memory at Blackpool Tower.

Fans of the great band leader Eric Delaney – who played percussion in the Tower Ballroom for nine years during the 1980s – were keen for him to be remembered for his contribution to the music scene in Blackpool.

A plaque has now been unveiled in the Tower Ballroom in honour of the drummer, who played with The Squadronaires.

Jazz singer Stephen Pierre was joined by Andy Mudd, Eric’s keyboard player, organist Phil Kelsall and Mr Delaney’s daughter Kindah, plus 130 other guests, friends and family at the ceremony.

Mr Pierre and Mr Mudd worked with Merlin Entertainment and Blackpool Council to put up the plaque in the Ballroom.

He said: “Eric is part of the rich heritage of The Tower.”

Mr Delaney continued to play gigs and give music lectures until his death, caused by a brain haemorrhage, in 2011, aged 87. He had lived in Marton.

Mr Pierre added: “He stands out because he was the last of his generation of band leaders.

“He was such a powerful leader, I believe because of that ballroom dancing had it’s longevity in The Tower.

“I’d like to thank Blackpool Council and Merlin Entertainment for their help with the plaque.”

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