Thursday, 16 June 2022

Up Next . . .

 01 July 2022 - Jonah Evans TrioQuartet

“New Kids on the Block” Jonah Evans Quartet have made huge impressions in an alarmingly short period.
Organ-based trio who swing with an expertise belying their tender years. 
Jonah – an unbelievable drummer, period - having been discovered by LCoM’s “Generation Big Band” project (supported by Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation) and graduating LCoM in June ‘21 was quickly snapped-up by RCM for his Masters. Similarly, we grabbed him quick on his vocational return to Leeds. A feast awaits followers of the hyperlink  >>
Stan Brunt - g, Tom O’Brien - keys, Kielan Sheard - db, Jonah Evans - d

Friday, 13 May 2022

Up Next . . .

 03 June 2022 - Nicola Farnon Quartet 

The great Jim Mullen observes . ."Bassist Nicola sings and swings with the best of 'em" which concurs
with JATP’s previous experience. Frequently requested by the 
JATP regulars, it is particularly pleasurable to finally bring Nicola back to JATP, this time in Quartet format with the brilliant Jim Corry and Richard Weatherall all held aloft by beatmaster Phil Johnson. This will be one to long remember.
Nicola Farnon - voc, db, Jim Corry - sax, Richard Weatherall - p, Phil Johnson - d

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Booking Platform

 Hi Peeps,

one of our faithful who also happens to be a bit of a Dude on matters-IT has set up this link where you can :-

- reserve your seats and then pay via BACS and setup a unique reference for use when arriving as confirmation

- reserve your seats and elect to pay on the gate on the night

This route is the best way to ensure we can operate in a Covid-safe manner. To do that we have presently (subject to review) limited attendances to about 80 people. Of course room between tables is a function of table occupation degree - the fuller tables are, the easier we feel it will be to maintain necessary distances for example. 

As we essentially have "a contract" with Members, we feel it is only fair that we honour that by opening booking to members early - fear not! we will not leave open access to the platform too late, but for gigs likely to be exceptionally busy, such as with Emily Brown on 03 December, we feel this is only fair. For that gig, non-members can access the platform from 20th November, so plenty of time.

As for Patrons who generally pay up front and in excess of standard ticket prices and in all cases continued to do so during our enforced incarceration, we assume they are coming and reduce available bookings accordingly as a start point.

For those, like me, who are somewhat "belt and braces merchants", you can also notify us at gigregister.jatpjazzz@gmail if you like. I add online bookings to this register in any event so we have a complete picture. Please note! Online bookings and their order is the "ruling document" in the event we have to, most regrettably, turn people away from gigs. Online bookings will be take priority over People who turn up unannounced on the night.

Who would have thought we'd ever get to such a situation with "jazz" gigs? Crazy Times!

Hope you understand this stance. We are doing it for the good of everyone, but it's not a situation we are comfortable with or like

Look forward to seeing you on 3rd December for what promises to be an absolute CRACKER!


Sunday, 15 August 2021

We return on 3rd September 2021

** Please Note **

NOT withstanding a local upsurge in Covid-19 case rates and hospital admissions we are planning a short run of gigs at Latviesu Klubs Bradford commencing 3rd September 2021 in the inestimable company of the Ben Crosland Quartet featuring Rod Mason, Jez Platt and Dave Rocky Tyas.

Please see separate Event hereupon.

At all gigs, with the exception of bands when on stage, we are encouraging social distancing, wearing of face masks and good hygiene practices, measures which we hope you understand.
Audience numbers are consequently reduced so seats are on a first come, first served basis as far as is reasonably possible. Attendees are encouraged to pre-notify attendance at We do believe that those who pre-notify should have priority in the event that we exceed the social-distancing depleted capacity. Non-pre-notified attendees will be asked to take a seat in the bar until all pre-notified attendees are seated whereupon available seats will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis until the reduced capacity is met and social distancing can be maintained.

We will review the operation of gigs as we go and determine in December whether the schedule will continue to July 2022 and under what, if any, special measures.

We hope you understand our caution and the measures being taken and look forward to seeing you all again at JATPjazz in a safe environment bouncing along to terrific jazz.

Monday, 19 July 2021

. . . It's a sweet trip to a Candy Shop . . .


Dearest Jazz Lovers,

hoping this update on intentions, proceedings and planning finds you in good health and gagging for a nice bit of jazz.

Thank you for your unanimously positive responses to the Mail list circular in May - we are most emboldened by your "general" outlook regarding our proposals, which we have been developing as fast as possible since the last mailshot.

So where are we? 

Everything below is contingent on two "ruling" influences :-

a) the law as it might twist & turn in response to the R rate, hospital admissions and actual case rates

b) regardless of what the above might "permit", with the Chairperson of the BLC committee working for the NHS at Saltaire better informing the general view of the JATPjazz committee, we feel we must reserve the right to suspend gigs at short notice regardless of any guidelines or regulations the government might apply in response to the pandemic and variants. In essence we have no intention of putting our own heads in the Lion's mouth and assure you we value your heads equally.

It is our intention to provide a safe and welcoming environment for the performance of great jazz and we will do our best to ensure that so far as is practical. We have neither the intention or the numbers to "police" our intentions. We rely on the cooperation of you, our lovely gig-goers. There will be no chastisement for measures-related indiscretions - well after all, it is "jazz" ?? If anyone is uncomfortable with any particular aspect or someone's grossly unreasonable behaviour at a gig, please advise one of the committee and we will address that situation. We hope to avoid the need for any heavy-handedness.

We plan to recommence gigs on 3rd September. Gigs will be notified by email to our mailing list subscribers, on our blogspot and via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram social media platforms plus the Bradford Big Screen in City Park. There will be no printed brochures until "life" returns to some predictability - not ideal, but practical and will at least assist in maintaining social-distancing at gigs.

Whilst we cannot enforce mask wearing when not seated within the club, we do / will strongly encourage them as far as the audience is concerned. We do not plan on applying this to the bands when on stage, especially the wind instrumentalists. 

With the exception of no table service (see below), we will be encouraging social-distancing measures, largely as they stand pre-19th July 2021, until we believe the general covid19 situation has improved sufficiently to warrant their relaxation.

There will be a sanitisation point on entry and one in the bar. Tables will be sanitised on arrival and re-sanitised if they "change family/social bubble hands" during the gig and on request according to the stage of proceedings.

As matters stand, at that time Table Service will not be mandatory which is just as well since BLC have lost most of their younger staff and are presently short of numbers, so we hope you will bear with both Parties until demand at the club returns to a point where an increase in staff numbers is possible and practical. Of course, this fact and social distancing will necessitate "orderly queues" in the bar. Whilst we are on that subject, BLC are in the process of procuring credit card machines, as indeed are we, so card payments will finally become a possibility. Cash - as was ever thus - is also welcome, correct change, even better 👀😂 

One of our faithful of many years has experience in similar situations of setting up a BACS system. We plan to "zoom" in the coming weeks to explore this a bit further. I have tested (without the actual transfer of money, I am immensely glad to advise) the bare-bones system and it appears to work a treat from all three sides, so we hope to have this payment option sorted out by mid-August when we will further advise availability and access routes.

Owing to it's effect on club financial "models", we do not plan on using a ticketing service and having ticket-only gigs. It is our feeling that news of JATP gigs wafts the social airwaves of Bradford by means beyond the managed outlets and thereby those intending to attend may have no knowledge of such a requirement. We have revised our stance on pre-notification for similar reasons. Whilst we would prefer emailed pre-notification of attendance, so that we might be better able to control numbers and ensure social distancing is easier to maintain, it will not be mandatory. We do believe that those who pre-notify should have priority in the event that we exceed the social-distancing depleted capacity. Non-pre-notified attendees will be asked to take a seat in the bar until all pre-notified attendees are seated whereupon available seats will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis until the reduced capacity is met and social distancing can be maintained - (detailed plans still being formulated / finalised).

An adjoiner to the above is that if case, hospital admissions and mortality rates start to come down as we approach Sept 03, then we will operate gigs as normal.

We suspended operations following Sam Leak's gig in March 2020. Since that time Patrons, in an unbelievably generous show of solidarity, have generously continued to support the club financially, as if nothing had happened. Not generally one to be lost for a whole host of words (often too many I freely admit), I am struggling to fully express the Committee's gratitude. You people are the salt of the Earth, bastions of rich culture in an increasingly culturally-challenged world - Thank You all from the bottom of our hearts!

Likewise we recognise that Members also have not had their monies worth. It is more difficult to correlate unreconciled Membership payments to periods of suspension of operations since we have no fixed Membership calendar, they being 12 months from the date of initially coughing-up which can be from any month when Membership was taken-up. Accordingly, we believe we should consider that all current memberships become renewable from September 2022. Likewise with Patronage unless people feel otherwise of course - it is Yorkshire after all. Broadly then, including the outcome of the pre-heralded ticket price review, our intentions are as follows :-

  • Suspend membership recruitment until September 2022 subject to stabilisation of any pandemic regulations or guidelines
  • Existing Members and Patrons to remain on pre-September 2021 ticket prices (or such other personally agreed arrangements) until September 2022 subject as above. In this way we honour our respective arrangements and cover the period where the facility to enjoy the benefits of those agreements has been denied.
  • Regular ticket price from September 2021 to be £10.
  • Member rates from September 2022 to be £7 with the Annual Membership subscription remaining at £12
  • We will ask patrons, from September 2022, to contribute as a minimum the revised membership costs referred to above. Of course any additional support would be most gratefully received, although we appreciate these are uncertain financial times and this is absolutely a matter for individual discretion.

We seek to assure you that in increasing prices, we are not jumping on the apparent post-Covid ”bandwagon” of inexorable and often unjustifiable price increases. The reason is simply because we have only increased Musicians rates once in 21 years and by a princely £10 – per head! We are now paying significantly below Musicians Union recommended rates, Musicians have had a particularly horrendous time during lockdown with many unable to get Government support for all manner of limp reasons and it has broken my heart to see Faecesbook-befriended musicians selling their beloved instruments on-line, often worth way in excess of the asking price, in order to keep body and soul together. Everytime I “cough-up” to bands at the end of a gig, I am contrite over the meagre amount we pay compared to the glories we have received so we feel we must at least attempt to redress this imbalance. Of course we hope this approach to reality does not lead to audience loss but appreciate we’ve all had it tough.

We are in the process of sorting bands (mainly local favourites) out for this exploratory run of gigs up until Christmas 2021. If they progress well and pandemic management is yielding success, we will look to book bands to continue the programme into 2022.

Given the uncertainty about 'lockdown easement' and the caveats up top, we are suspending Jazz Extras until September 2022 and also considering their value in the intervening period, analysing Jazz Extra attendance levels over years etc

As ever, we welcome and value your views

Take Care and fingers crossed for a joyous, socially-distant reunion in September

 Your JATPjazz Committee

PS! - within 24 hours of reaching out to Musicians & much Promoter confusion at the pace of events we instantly have the pilot season booked-up. Provisionally planning into 2022

03 Sep - Ben Crosland Qrt

01 Oct - Caroline Boaden Qrt

05 Nov -  💣 Guy Fawkes' Burn The House Down Band 💣. . . well close . . . ORB (Ormrod-Rosser-Baxter) Fireworks provided by Musicians, please don't bring your own.

03 Dec - Emily Brown Quintet 

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Meanwhile on the Goodship Lollypop . . .

Dearest Jazz Lovers,

hoping this update finds you in good health and spirit and brimming with fortitude. 

It's a while since our last update on matters-JATP and since the situation seems to be gradually improving, we thought we'd update you on our plans, fluid as they are by necessity. We will notify you of any significant changes to plan, of course.

We are presently looking at the possibility of a short, trial run of gigs between September and Christmas 2021, review how things are going/gone and press on accordingly.   Of course this plan notwithstanding any measures necessary should the r-rate or variant situation worsen.

Of course, we will follow all the regulations decreed by HMG plus any others we, or you (see below) deem necessary to ensure the enjoyment of jazz in safety and comfort.

Working closely with Bradford Latvian Club, the "provisional" and developing plan is as follows :-

- we are looking at the possibility of asking ALL guests (including groupies and family members of the band) to let us know in advance if they are coming to a gig. This would be purely a "numbers" exercise to enable us to layout tables in a manner which allows maintenance of social distancing, before the start of a gig. Alas we don't have the facility to take payments or book particular tables in advance, so it would be a case of paying on the night as before and then finding a table suitable for the size of the party. For such a system to work it follows that individuals who haven't notified us in advance would be asked to wait in the Bar until we have ascertained whether there remains sufficient space to safely accommodate them once all pre-notified attendees are seated. In order to avoid such an unhappy situation arising, we will post the gig attendance protocol on all our public-facing channels : social media, web, email list and City Square Big Screen. We plan that Members and Patrons will have priority. More on this after further consideration, however your views on such a prospect are very welcome. 

- payment will preferably be cashless, or at least correct cash and no change given - one-way cash flow system (how very "un-jazz"?). We are looking at card payment systems - the less expensive yet secure ones. Alas these systems do not give receipts, however we will provide hand-written receipts on request.

- assuming HMG Regs have relaxed with respect to the wearing of masks, we do not plan to make them compulsory.

- unless HMG's hand is forced between now and then, we have no plans to discriminate between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated.

- presently, it will be table-service, however this is a matter for further discussion with BLC. Indeed, HMG guidance between now and then may obviate that current requirement. We are monitoring other jazz club gig pros & cons to further inform our views, however, given that there is 1 door in and out of the BLC bar, there is a natural "crossing point" where social distancing may lapse, so it may well be the case of table service even in September and even if HMG guidance allows otherwise.

- sanitization measures will be in place

- Public Liability Insurance – we are checking with our Insurers as to their developing view of whether our policy covers Covid-19. The "News" would seem to indicate that mainstream event venues are struggling to get their Insurers to cover Covid-19 which obviously imperils any events. As it did with the film industry recently, HMG is considering stepping-in presumably/hopefully to indemnify Venues in such regards, however this is clearly a developing situation which inevitably will colour our view on the whole gig prospect. We may end up in a situation where gigs are only held with a Covid-19 insurance disclaimer or failing that, not at all. We will keep you posted. 

- We must advise, regrettably, that we are reviewing entry costs. The "long suffering JATPjazzer" will know that we have increased our gig prices only once in 21 years (£6 to £7 in 2008) of continuous operation, with member entry fees remaining at a princely £5. We were vaguely considering an increase before COVID-19 reared its ugly posterior, however the additional costs of extra measures have considerably keened that "vagueness". Fear Ye not! we are not envisaging a wallet buster here, probably £1 or £2, but we must be realistic if we are to ensure longevity of the club, which we believe has represented exceptional value for money for live jazz of high quality. To put this in context, we have only raised Musicians fees once in 21 years, and whilst we have all had it tough these past 14 months, musicians have suffered desperately, so we must also consider them and their value and the fact that presently their operating geography has alas been severely curtailed by Brexit. Many visiting musicians remain involved in passing on the message at the UK jazz conservatoires, which according to recent news are about to suffer a further drop in State funding, so they are under a lot of pressure generally.

And so to my "see below" above - if that's not an oxymoron. As faithful and loyal attendees, we see JATPjazz as much Yours as anyone else's and it is with that sentiment in mind that we invite you to offer your views on any measures not specified above which would make you feel safer in returning to live gigs of limited numbers. Conversely, if there is anything above which you feel would deter you from attending, the same invitation to express views pertains

We look forward to your valued responses and, hopefully, your glorious fizzogs in September

Your JATP Committee 

Please respond to

Friday, 26 March 2021

Keith Jennings

Lovely Jazzers,

with heavy heart we must advise the passing of Keith Jennings, one of JATP's original attendees and a regular visitor ever since, albeit with decreasing frequency latterly owing to Keith's advancing years. Keith was a staunch supporter of many aspects of life in Bradford and beyond, politics and the arts being grateful recipients of his efforts which extended to The Priestley Theatre in Little Germany, so when JATP started out there in 2000 on Saturday nights, it might be no surprise to see Keith with his shoulder behind all efforts. I say "might" since I have since learned that "jazz" was not Keith's favourite form of music. Nonetheless, support JATP he did throughout our various venue turmoils over the years, dragging our tables, chairs and piano behind us. Ah! Yes! the piano. JATP members, Patrons, Punters and Musicians produced an unbelievable effort in raising funds for it's purchase, however we would not have that beautiful instrument today, were it not for Keith, who, generous of effort and funds, wrote a cheque for the difference between sums raised and the price of the piano, and this on top of a significant sum paid as deposit to the rapidly collapsing Woods Music Shop, hence the brass plaque on the piano reading "The Keith Jennings Piano". I hope by that, Keith's manifest benevolence and excellent humour throughout, we will ever remember him. Farewell Keith.

We include hereafter the eulogy Steve Arloff read at Keith's funeral

I have spent a long time trying to come up with a narrative to sum up Keith’s life and it’s tricky for how can you sum up such a full and varied one?  I shall try. 

Keith was born in Bradford on the second of July 1927 or as he liked to say it: 2 7 27; nice and neat which is why we selected it as the security code for a safe he once bought. 

Keith made friends easily and had dozens including the Faireys and Wrights who he knew for over 60 years.  Keith had met Ian Fairey through Ian’s book and record shop on Manchester Road or the Left Book Club and went on many holidays with both families down the years.  Music is often an interest that encourages friendships as it’s so nice to be able to share such a passion with others who love it as much.  It is another interest we shared and we have enjoyed going to St George’s Hall for concerts for which Keith always had a season ticket or to Bradford Cathedral for the organ recitals or comparing notes about what music we have heard on Radio3.  

Another passion of his was photography and he spent a couple of years studying it at Hull Art College.  He always bought the best he could afford and in camera terms owned a Rolleiflex which he would use to take people’s photos and Adrian Fairey recalls the many times he and his siblings were obliged to remain motionless until Keith, ever the perfectionist, was satisfied that everything was right to ensure the best result.  This has been very beneficial to the family who have 100s of photos to remind them of happy times. Equally he was fond of showing black & white films which ‘Uncle Keith’ would show at the Fairey’s house each Christmas. 

Before Ian Fairey got a car for himself Keith would cram the whole family into his VW beetle for trips to Filey, one of Keith’s favourite places.

He loved the town of his birth and often as we drove around he’d say “I used to live there” or “Me and me Dad used to buy such and such in a shop that used to stand there”.  Keith loved telling stories about his past and what a phenomenal memory he had; I have never known anyone who was able to pinpoint dates or minutiae more accurately as did Keith.  He could recall with precision specific months if not days he had been to places 70 or more years before.  I remember an example he was fond of recalling about a stay in Cape Wrath in 1946 when he stayed at a tiny B&B and where after being there a week asked how much he owed to which the landlady replied 10/6 and he said what including all the meals? Yes, she said that’ll be fine.

There were many places he enjoyed recalling including Mallaig where he remembered having “the best fish ‘n’ chips I’ve ever had, never mind Harry Ramsden’s!”  He used to go there quite regularly with a good friend Geoff Allonby and others, staying in “a very nice hotel in Fort William where they do everything for us.  It’s expensive mind you but so what” before catching the train to Mallaig.  He would often head off to stay with Adrian in Grange-over- Sands or down to see his only living close relative, cousin Molly down in Somerton.  When he became too old to drive he’d use the train quite happily despite the extortionate cost of the fares about which he bitterly and quite rightly complained.  Locally he would use the bus and would often head off on long, circuitous routes to places like Otley to get his favourite cereal, Force Flakes until the product was axed in 2013.  He’d still go though as he liked the pork pies he could buy at one of Otley’s butcher’s shops.  It didn’t bother him if it took up most of the day as he’d have lunch and a pint while he was there.  When we were together and one of the beers on offer was a Jennings he was fond of quipping “I’d better have one of them as it’s one of my family’s” though as far as he knew that wasn’t true.

When he stopped drinking beer he’d have a gin and tonic and enjoyed calling for “gin and tonic with ice, and don’t forget the lemon” at the pub he and I met in for years even after first John Parkinson then Brian Bicât died.  Initially, we had all met for many years in The Midland Hotel for a coffee before repairing to The Shoulder of Mutton until the brewers decided to take over the meals provision and insisting on higher prices for inferior choices.  We then changed our allegiance to The Fighting Cock.  There as I said he’d enjoy calling for a G&T with ice and lemon despite the fact that he knew full well they didn’t have any lemons and eventually he got the rejoinder from the Sikh barmaid (Bradford really is a special place) “What do you think this is, a cocktail bar?!”  In the end he provided his own lemon just as Brian had provided his own English mustard in a jar because those bloody sachets are so hard to open.  

Keith was a people person who loved being amongst them and went on many holidays with Adrian Fairey and Geoff and another friend to Italy here he’d happily plunge into the pool even in his 80s.  Keith was always the life and soul of the party and loved his food and drink while being able to talk about any subject.  

He was conscripted into the army where he spent time in Egypt where he made another life-long friend Peter. Peter lived in Cornwall and he and his wife loved the Lakes where Keith would meet them for holidays.  He also went to New York with another friend of many decades, Diana Batchelor who sadly passed last October when sod’s law in the shape of a fall and hospitalisation on the very day of the funeral prevented him from being at it. 

He enjoyed telling me about his visit to Czechoslovakia not long after the war when he visited Marianske Lazne and Karlovy Vary and was interested to learn that my wife and I had also been there. As a then member of the CPGB he was fascinated with what the country had achieved by the early 1950s just as he was on a later visit to the GDR where friend Brian Bicât was teaching at the time.  In 2005 I led a group of tourists to Prague and Keith came along during which he and I went swimming where, again, despite his age he dived into the pool.  He also became separated from the group on another day but somehow found his way back to the hotel.

Politics was another of Keith’s, Brian’s and my points of common interest; we all had been members of the CPGB and Keith, like me, had been eager to join the Labour Party as soon as Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader and, like me, left it in disgust the moment Sir Keir Starmer captured the position.  Keith was always a man of unflinching principle and stood by what he believed in right to the end.  Examples of this included his total opposition to war and Britain’s possession of nuclear weapons, his hatred of and opposition to the apartheid system in South Africa, his opposition to the American war on Vietnam, his support of Cuba and his delight in its successes, his support for the miners during their 1984 year-long strike, his support for the Morning Star and Daily Worker before it backed by generous donations of up £1000 on more than one occasion. 

He was also generous closer to home and despite the fact that he was not all that partial to jazz, because Brian & I had formed a jazz club in 2000 and which still runs today Keith came along to our gigs to support us and even ended up being an honorary committee member, having donated £2000 towards buying the club a piano even though he had already lost a £700 deposit on one at Woods Music Shop who were happy to take it even though they knew they were headed for bankruptcy.  Hence our piano bears a small plaque on it that reads: The Keith Jennings Piano.

He was equally generous with his time volunteering as a barman on the bar at the Priestley Theatre in Chapel Street for many years, going down there night after night and donning his apron before serving drinks to the audience members.  Almost as soon as he had retired, he volunteered to hear children read at the Miriam Lord Primary School for several years and I’m sure the kids loved it when it was Uncle Keith’s day for a visit.  In addition, for a number of years he acted as a crossing patrol man or ‘Lollipop man’ as they are affectionately known.

Brian always admired Keith as a true ‘son of the working class’ who had variously worked at a blacksmith’s, for the Forestry Commission and, for many years at the Water Board.  However, he didn’t stay long when he once worked for Prudential Insurance, which he hated. 

Brian wrote a parody of the Red Flag to celebrate Keith’s 80th birthday which time prevents me reading now but if weather permits I will read it at the graveside later, I might even sing it!

Tune: The Red Flag


A hero of the working class

The monarchy can kiss his arse

The House of Lords and Commons too

He knows what they are all up to

His dad knew all about the score

He wasn’t going to the war

And went to prison rather than

His uncle followed in t’can


Great Horton was Keith’s first abode

In Bradford, near the Queensbury Road

To school he went and learned to read

And all the maths he’d ever need

His lessons there he ne’er forgot

Wrote copper plate without a blot

But Keith grew up, knew what was what

He knew the system was a plot


VE and J in forty-five

And very glad to be alive

But to the army Keith must go 

For via Suez oil must flow

So o’er to Egypt Keith was sent

To keep the Empire their intent

To heat and dust and sand and flies

King and Country ? pack o’ lies.


So underneath their sweaty caps

Photography and making maps

The point of this was never clear

“There’s nowt but sand from here to here”

Then came some leave, he took the train

To Holy Land, the land of Cain

And thence to Haifa, won a bet

Sailed to Cyprus, joined jet set


Then out of army, what to do ?

To work for profit he’d eschew

“Planting trees will keep me lissom

And there’s the Forestry Commission”

He went where once dwelt Robin Hood

(But found no Marian in the wood)

“No matter, I’m a bachelor free

And nothing’s lovelier than a tree”


But Sherwood glades began to tire

He sought more challenge to inspire

Harwood Dale his wish to grant

A million spruce trees there to plant

At Langdale End though toil was heavy

The Moorcock Inn purveyed some bevy

But all the same, no girls, no flicks

It really was out in the sticks


For Keith, a man of culture he

Had learned a lot from programme three

The music world became an itch

Yehudi and Moiseivitch

So back to Bradford and the Halle

(With Barbarolli he’d get pally)

T’Waterworks to earn some brass

Join t’Union, fight for his class


The Party too he served right well 

Until he thought they’d gone to hell

So cast his lot with Gerry Healey*

(An aberration, surely, really!)

Then came the day the blacksmith’s striker

Was bid goodbye, “get on your biker!”

The water workers were down-sized

The bloody lot got privatised!


Since then he’s cherished friends with ruth

He’s even cherished Jazz, forsooth

The piano fund a new obsession

He’ll tap you if you care to mention 

All hail to him, a friend so dear

To meet again and drink some beer

Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer 

He keeps the red flag flying here.

*I should just mention that the Gerry Healey mentioned in Brian’s tribute refers to the Socialist Labour League which became the Socialist Workers Party.  Keith always tried to do what he thought was correct politically.

He’d go and spend weekends at Diana Batchelor’s where he would help in the garden well into his 80s.

He loved celebrating his birthday with many guests at The Oakwood in Bingley and at many other meals there in between with his great friends the Faireys and Wrights.  It was on such an occasion to celebrate the Fairey’s silver wedding that he, along with most others, chose duck which, unfortunately turned out to be tough leading to Keith bringing the house down by declaring “I think they’ve given me the decoy!”

He would enjoy coming with my wife and her Mum and I to Dick Hudson’s or The White Hart, Pool in Wharfedale, where if it was a nice summer’s day, he would enjoy sitting outside sipping his Pimms (with all the trimmings).  He could certainly put it away and that’s another thing we have in common and would always insist on starter, main course and dessert washed down with a nice bottle of red wine.

Another friend he made many years ago is Diane Bentley who runs a shop called The Souk at the top of Haworth close to The Parsonage.  He was a lucky man to have Diane as a friend for no one has been more solicitous while he has been bedridden these last many months.  She has been a rock spending many, many hours seeing to his needs be it provisions or support and was with him right at the very end holding his hand and speaking words of comfort.

So, you see that it takes a lot to give even a sense of the broad sweep of such a full life and this has only scratched the surface.  It is often said about people who have passed that after them ‘they broke the mould’; it was never truer in his case for we shall never see his like again.

Farewell Keith, it was a joy and a privilege to have known you.