Street names to honour Foden's - 2012

Some of the greatest names in the history of Foden’s Brass Band are to be commemorated on a new Sandbach housing estate.

Nine streets on the new Barratt Homes development on the former Foden’s factory site will bear the names of former players, conductors, administrators, supporters and even the music associated with the band.

The world-famous brass band has been based in the town for more than 100 years.

Foden’s Andy Rolfe said: “We were initially asked by the local council to propose a few names for the streets to honour the old motor works. Between the committee, elder statesmen such as Jimmy Charles, Granville Jennings and honorary member Allan Littlemore, we finally ended up with the nine potential street names. We wanted to ensure we honoured not only the great players and servants such as Harry Mortimer, Teddy Gray, Arthur Webb Snr and Hubert Shergold, but also other leading conductors and people who have made Foden’s what it is today. The legendary William Rimmer and our signature march ‘The Cossack’ are therefore included, as are two recent names in our rich history – Peter Fletcher, a previous president who passed away in 2011 and also the regular support we receive from our loyal patrons. We are very grateful to Barratt Homes in agreeing to leave a lasting legacy of the band on the famous site.”

Plans for 269 homes on the former factory at the derelict Moss Lane brownfield site in Sandbach were given the green light by Cheshire East Council earlier this year.

As part of the plans, the developers will contribute £466,390 toward education facilities in the town.

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