Bandsman Alf finally bows out

Alf Wileman, who is retring from the Salvation Army band
Alf Wileman, who is retring from the Salvation Army band

ALF Wileman has retired after more than 65 years as a bandsman at the Salvation Army’s Sheffield Citadel.

He started on solo horn, moved to solo cornet and then soprano cornet before settling on the euphonium in 1949. He spent 23 years as a band leader with young people, and he taught and inspired Salvation Army musicians across the country.

Although he put down his baton in 1990, he continued his peripatetic brass teaching until this summer.

Alf, from Dronfield Woodhouse, who has been playing alongside son Paul and grandson Ryan, said: “I’ve always considered my instrument to be an effective tool for communicating the gospel to everyone.”