Creetown Silver Band paid tribute to the long service of its conductor Stuart McNab on Thursday.
A surprise presentation marked 30 years of leadership from Stuart, and the band halted rehearsal to show their appreciation by handing a presentation baton and engraved decanter.
Thirty years ago following the resignation of the then conductor Alex McDowall, Stuart – who had recently arrived in Newton Stewart to take up a teaching post at the Douglas Ewart High School – was asked if he would be interested in the position of bandmaster. He agreed and in May 1983, took up his new post.
In presenting the gifts, secretary Jack Norgate said: “Stuart has worked tirelessly for the band and community and has nurtured and educated many youngsters and adults alike in the art of brass band playing. As with all bands, Creetown has gone through some lows but also some highs and no matter the situation with the band, Stuart has always been there to see us through, whether it was just six in the practice room or 26 – his encouragement and enthusiasm was always evident.
“Stuart’s loyalty and dedication to Creetown Silver Band and to brass banding in general is unsurpassed and we look forward to many more years with him at the helm.”