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Sad News

Robert (Dizzy) Gillespie sadly passed away last Tuesday 4th May. He played with the 1st Battalion Band 1956- 1958 in Cyprus. He was the percussionist with the band and an outstanding musician. The funeral is in Sydney Australia. The details are as follows:-

North Chapel of Pinegrove Memorial Park
Kingston street
NSW 2770
on Thursday 13th May at 1pm.
(our time 04.00am)
A live link is to be arranged which we think will be available to view for a few days. As soon as I have the link I will post the details.

Robert (Bob) Gillespie 1937 -2021

After leaving the Lancashire Fusiliers, Bob continued playing in the Manchester music scene,including Tv and radio. He worked with the Derek Hilton Trio and in the late 60ís and early 70ís he played with Tony Christie, Matt Monroe, Shirley Bassey, The Syd Lawrence Band & Maynard Ferguson. He was also musical director and drummer with Lovelace Watkins and toured the world with him.
In 1980/1981 he emigrated with his family to Sydney, Australia. There he played with the Ed Wilson Band and toured with The Glen Miller Orchestra. In the mid 1980ís he joined the NSW Police Band. After his retirement from the Police Band he continued to play with Les Brown (Band of Renown) on a 6 week cruise of the Bahamas. They used the original Doris Day arrangements with some of the original players. Bob enjoyed playing in and around Sydney including their RSL Clubs (Returned and Services League) until his health deteriorated these last few years.

I've asked David Platt if he would kindly send a card/letter of condolence to his brother and family who live in Ashton - under - Lyne. If there is an ex Lancashire Fusilier in Sydney it would be wonderful if he could attend the funeral.
I'll be asking Dennis when he's better to place Bob on the LF's At Rest Page. Graham has given permission for this to be done. Peter Swensson.

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