Last updated Wednesday February 24, 2021 at 20:10:14
c21st Dec 1926 - 19th Feb 2021
Adrian with his wife Marie taken at Cyril & Nora Wroe's Golden Wedding celebration at The Patterdale Hotel in November 2003 - FB
20/02/21 - I've just been informed that pianist Adrian Ridgeway passed away on Friday, in Victoria Hospital, Blackpool. Adrian, who originally came from Stoke on Trent, was well known in the Blackpool area, having played there for many years. Cyril Wroe told me that he had played with Adrian for about 45 years, doing gigs originally with a quartet, and then in Cyril's Dixieland Band, The Festival Jazzmen, and also with a trio, "Smooth Jazz". They played at The Norbreck Castle as well as The Imperial Hotel. Adrian was a builder by trade, and I first met him when he played with the Festival Jazzmen at Uncle Tom's Cabin in Blackpool, back in the late 90's. His son and daughter are both living in Australia, and Adrian and his late wife Marie, made several trips over there. - Fred Burnett
Cyril passed on the sad news to me yesterday. He was a superb pianist and musician.
Very sorry to hear about Adrian we had many happy years together in the Festival Jazzmen. When I started my Quartet to cater for the Hotel Trade, Adrian joined us on piano. The first picture of us, is in The Sheraton Hotel, Blackpool.
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