The grave of George Ellis. The grave is a small celtic cross on top of a spire on a massive base. He died in 8th October 1871. He was born in Blackburn, his father was a clarinetist and a band leader around the country, he was the eldest of three musical brothers. George was primarily a violinist and at 13 became an instrumentalist with the newly formed choral society in 1830. He joined Wombwell's travelling show in the band. He stayed with them for five years and finished as a band leader and returned home. He became a trainer and leader of local bands. For over 30 years he trianed numerous bands. In 1857 he organised eleven of his bands to play before an audience of 50,000 in Corporation Park. His sons William and Robert were later to follow in his footsteps.
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