Returning to their roots

The Brewery was sold and sponsorship cam to an end, thought the name Watney appears to have stuck somewhat with references to the band as ‘Richmond (Watney)’ persisting for some time. Albert Meek steps down and the band’s solo cornet (a London-based professional trumpet player), Gwynne Price steps in. Leading the band to victory in London & Southern Counties Autumn Contest in Folkestone with ‘Essay’ by Edward Gregson. Price continued with the band with mixed success (receiving fifth place in Reading with the same piece later that year) until 1974 / 75.