The Ainley Top Bandstand has been informed of the death of Sidney Sissons. Sidney, 83, was associated with a number of contests in the Little Sponging area as announcer. He was widely respected for his ability to whistle whilst pronouncing the letter "s".
He is most affectionately remembered for falling over drunk whilst announcing band number one at the 2003 Osprey St. Bees (Autumnwatch) Invitational Contest.
He died on Monday after falling off a stepladder in his kitchen trying to reach a tin of marrowfat peas in the back of a cupboard. He leaves a cat, Oscar, and a budgerigar, Nigel. Both have been destroyed.