Sadly we had to announce the passing of one of our stalwart musicians
- Chris Ridley - who died 2 May 2020 after a fight with cancer.
Chris began his Morris with Thames Valley in 1953 where he began playing the Melodeon, later sometime after moving to Cornwall he joined Trigg as a musician soon after the team started in the early 1970's, and soon became the main musician, and he continued to maintain this role until quite recently. He continued his association with Thames Valley Morris Men and has been their President in recent years.
He always showed particular loyalty to the side and could always be relied upon to provide the music when required, whether it was at weekly dance outs, engagements, or trips away from home on visits to Morris Ring Meetings and the like. When the Morris was over, Chris could be relied on to be in the centre of the action, entertaining with his broad repertoire of songs & music both Ancient & Modern. Messages already received recall personal memories of individuals who have enjoyed performances over the years.
In addition, beyond the Morris Chris was also active in the Folk arena as a integral member of Bodmin Folk Club and creating & running Folk News Kernow for many years.
His playing and singing will stay with us for a long time.