Royston’s Opus 17 swing band plays farewell gig with parting members Jo and Tim

Jo Cheetham and Tim Alexander have been in Opus 17 for seven and 10 years respectively. Picture: Cli

Jo Cheetham and Tim Alexander have been in Opus 17 for seven and 10 years respectively. Picture: Clive Porter - Credit: Clive Porter

The sun shone on both performers and audience as The Opus 17 Swing Band played a lunchtime concert at Royston’s Old Bull Inn on Saturday to say farewell to two of the band’s long-standing members.

Luan Hockley was the singer for the event. Picture: Clive Porter

Luan Hockley was the singer for the event. Picture: Clive Porter - Credit: Clive Porter

Tim Alexander and partner Jo Cheetham are both leaving to take up new appointments in Weybridge.

Band leader Graham Smith said: “A crowd of around 80 people turned out to enjoy the music and wish them well.

“Both Tim, who has been with the band for 10 years, and Jo – a member for seven – said that they would miss the music and camaraderie afforded by the band and its members.

“They assured us that the move is only temporary and that they both intend to return to the area in two years’ time.

The gig was held at The Old Bull Inn, Royston. Picture: Clive Porter

The gig was held at The Old Bull Inn, Royston. Picture: Clive Porter - Credit: Clive Porter

“Both popular members of the band, they will be missed both for their musical ability and for their contribution to the running and organisation of Opus 17.”

For more search ‘Opus 17 Swing Band’ on Facebook.

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter