Despite never having played an instrument Lionel Endean has become an indispensable member of Helston Town Band as secretary.

Now he has been presented with a silver salver in appreciation of his hard work over the years, after stepping down after 21 years in the role.

A presentation was made at the band’s annual general meeting by band chairman Alan Trewhella. The salver is inscribed with the words: “For 21 years’ service as secretary.”

Mr Endean is not leaving the band altogether, however, as he will remain on the committee and will still organise the annual Helston Town Band solo contest.

Graham Carter has taken over the role of secretary. He said the band would “greatly miss” the work carried out by Mr Endean.

A Helston boy “through and through”, Mr Endean spent many years in the army, where he met his wife Hilda whilst serving in Germany. On leaving the army, Lionel and Hilda bought a house in Four Lanes where they still live.

Although he has never played an instrument, Helston Town Band had a big influence on him when growing up, so, when there were a number of relatives playing for the band who asked him to join the committee, he gladly agreed and soon became the secretary.

Mr Carter added: “Throughout his time with the band, Lionel has worked tirelessly behind the scenes organising events, collectors, buses and everybody he bumped into.”

He travelled with the band when they toured Holland and proved that although he does not play he is musical, by singing “Going up Camborne Hill” to whoever would listen.

He was even recorded singing the Chubby Brown hit “Living Next door to Alice” when the band were in Italy.