Gibson conducted Nelson Orchestra for 60 years

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A NELSON man who dedicated 60 years of his life as conductor of Nelson Orchestra has died.

Gibson Clegg (97), who had previously been connected to the Manchester Road Congregational Church in the town, died in the Royal Blackburn Hospital on Saturday after a short illness.

He had lived at the Marsden Grange Residential Home in Barkerhouse Road for nine years.

Mr Clegg, known to many as “Gibbie”, was born in Nelson in 1914 and, apart from a 10-year spell in Manchester, had lived in and around the town all of his life.

On his return to the area in 1956, he and his late wife, Hilda, took over the post office in Fence and ran it for 10 years until their retirement.

But it was music that was his great passion and, on completing 60 years as conductor of the orchestra, he was presented with a commemorative plaque by the Mayor of Pendle.

Mr Clegg was also instrumental in helping his granddaughter Rachel pursue a career in music - she is now the principal oboeist with Manchester Camerata.

Mr Clegg leaves a son, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His funeral takes place at Burnley Crematorium tomorrow (Thursday).