Trevor Blaber’s musical career began when he was just 17 when he joined four other teenagers playing at a village fete.
More than 70 years later Trevor was still playing, this time at Newmarket’s memorial hall providing the music for the town’s popular tea dances.
Next week Trevor, who lives in Withers Place in Fordham, will finally call time on his musical career when he plays for the final time.
On Friday Trevor took centre stage for a different reason when he was presented with a gift and a special 90th birthday cake by Cllr Bill Sadler, chairman of Newmarket Town Council’s leisure services committee, which organises the popular tea dances.
“I started playing in dance bands when I was 17 with the late Steve Stephenson,” said Trevor. “We first got together at a village fete before the war. We never dreamed that from there we would go to the Carlton Hotel in Newmarket High Street” After two years’ service with the Royal Air Force during the war, Trevor rejoined the band which became the High Street hotel’s resident band.
Trevor, an electrician by trade, later formed his own band, the Trevor Blaber Set, which played all over the Newmarket area between 1960 and 1983 including at the US bases at Mildenhall and Lakenheath and as support band for the Joe Loss Orchestra at the Soham Village College annual ball.
Steve Stephenson went on to play professionally, while Trevor worked full time as an electrician and played in his own band, the Trevor Blaber Set, for 23 years.