BEFORE THE 60'S
A very early Crescendos transformation from the skiffle group
Alan Wilkinson (with pianist Lou on his lap), Geoffrey Wilkinson and unknown drummer in the Olicana Players Band
The Essoldo Cinema and ballroom (upstairs) where Bradley Hustwick and also the Olicana Players did their stuff. Now Boyes.
Beech Hill Cinema Otley was also putting groups on to entertain us
One of Ilkley's popular dance bands of the 1950's was known as the Bradley Hustwick Band. Members of the band are pictured providing music for the annual farmer's dance at the Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley, on January 20th 1954. Pictured (left to right) Reg Dove (piano), Bill Smith (MC), Bob Hopkinson (violin), Bradley Hustwick (accordian), Dennis Petty (accordian), Harry Roe (drums). Bradley Hustwick's band played regulary for old time, modern and sequence dancing at the New Cinema Ballroom in Railway Road during the 1940's and the 1950's and throughout the area including Buckden, Norwood, Knaresborough and Appletreewick. Picture contributed by F W Smith of Ben Rhydding.