DRUMMER Andy Maddams has been crowned the first ever king of Manea Silver Band at a presentation ceremony on Monday.
The Billie King Memorial Award has been created in memory of life-long band stalwart Billie King who died last May.
The award aims to celebrate Billie’s life and extraordinary contribution to the band, during his 65 years as a valued member.
Billie was not only a player but was also a long serving committee member, organiser, fund-raiser and all round enthusiast.
The award will now be presented annually to a member of the band who, by general consensus, has displayed some of the qualities that Billie brought to the band: fun, joy, enthusiasm, dedication, loyalty, passion and commitment.
Andy was presented with the award by Billie’s widow, Margaret King and for the next year will be affectionately known as ‘King of the Band’.
Chairman Nic Paine said: “Billie King epitomised the spirit of Manea Silver Band - fun-loving, proud to be part of the village and the deep history of Fenland Brass Bands, and passionate about bringing music to the community.”
“Andy’s fellow band members have chosen him to be the deserving first recipient of the award. Reasons for his nomination given by the band include his smiley disposition and the fact that he is always around to lend a hand”
Andy, who was astonished to win the award said: “I only knew Billie for a short time but obviously some of his passion for the band has rubbed off. It’s hard not to be enthusiastic when you’re in the same room as such a great crowd of musicians.”