Highburton pensioner Tony Eaton has been playing the Last Post in Kirkburton for more than 30 years ... and will be doing so again tomorrow.

Tony, 80, still practices weekly with Golcar Vintage Brass band and began his more than three decade stint after the previous incumbent from Kirkburton Victoria Band sadly passed away.

“I’ve been playing since I was eight,” said the proud Highburtoner. “My mum and dad bought me a trumpet for my birthday. I didn’t serve during the war but I did play the bugle for two years on National Service in the 50s.

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“But my father fought in the First World War and was injured and brought home. I will be wearing his medals as I always do every year.”

Tony said this year’s service would be particularly poignant as it marked the centenary of the start of the Great War.

“My heart goes out to the people who suffered, it was the deadliest war,” he added.

“This year’s service is a big occasion, I’m very much looking forward to it.

“I’ve got no plans to give up and I’m already signed up for Huddersfield next year as well as Kirkburton. The Army Veterans Society have asked me, so I’m also doing the main service at Greenhead Park.”