LIKE most people Dennis Bradley worked hard, took care of his family and led a quiet, settled and happy life.
But this seemingly ordinary, bloke next door sort of man proved to have an extraordinary talent for connecting with other people.
And that will be proved beyond measure this weekend when Huddersfield Town Hall sees Honley Ladies’ Choir sharing the stage with Lindley Band, vocal group Reflections and soloist Emily Reaves, who just happens to be Dennis’s daughter and musical director of the ladies’ choir.
The mission of all those performers on Sunday night will be to entertain what they hope will be a packed house, celebrate Dennis’s memory and raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Raising money for charity is something that the ladies do rather well.
They have raised money for the West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust, the Breast Cancer department of Huddersfield Infirmary and the Mirfield-based Safe Anchor Trust.
Now they’ve surpassed all that by organising a string of events to help finance Sunday’s concert. They have held a ceilidh at Newsome, a treasure hunt and packed bags at Asda; the list goes on!
Dennis, who died just a year ago, would have been proud of them. He was among their most faithful supporters, going to all their concerts.
His own musical talent began to show in the late 50s when he became a stalwart of Huddersfield, Halifax and Brighouse musical, operatic and dramatic societies, remaining so for the next 30 years.
Dennis had no aspirations to become a professional singer, although he did sing on Radio Leeds’ Sit Down And Sing.
In addition to his musical skills, Dennis was a practical man. He became an apprentice electrician in Barnsley at 13 and later served as an electrician on the cruiser HMS Ajax off Malta in 1946.
He became a shift charge engineer at Huddersfield Power Station and when it closed he moved to Leeds Power Station.
In the late Sixties, Dennis used those practical skills to save a man’s life.
Huddersfield Amateur Operatic Society was between performances of its annual show at the ABC Cinema when a workman touched live electrical wires.
No-one knew where the main switches were and the man was rigid in the grip of the current.
Dennis grabbed him, using newspapers as insulation against being electrocuted himself.
After taking early retirement Dennis became a technician in the wood and metalwork department of Royds Hall High School at Paddock, and sang in many school productions.
Dennis met his wife, Pat, when he was singing with the Huddersfield Gilbert and Sullivan Society, of which he was a founder member, and she was doing the make-up.
He encouraged his girls, Stephanie, Rachel and Emily, to develop their own strengths, whether it was singing, the Guides, farming or learning a musical instrument.
Honley Ladies Choir will pay tribute to this special man in all their lives with the help of his youngest daughter Emily, on stage on Sunday.
They will be joined by Lindley Band, by Reflections, that’s singers Norman Mellor, Diane Robinson and Richard Cook, plus accompanist Geoff Bottomley.
Tickets are £9 to £14 (concessions available) from 01484 307189 or the Tourist Information Centre (01484 223200).