It is with sadness that I have to report to you the passing of an old friend of BYBA, Derek Jackson.

Derek was involved with the marching band activity for many years, initially with Alderley District Scout Band.

Derek was a council member for many years, and held many different positions during this time. He will always be known as one of the friendly faces of council. Derek’s last role on council was running the Dalton Wright Bursary fund before this was taken over by Roger Ash.

Derek remained involved with Scouting for most of his life and was latterly known for being the Manager of the National Scout & Guide Orchestra from 1994 until 2011, a position he held until his retirement at the age of 73!

I am sure you will join me in sending our condolences to Derek’s family.