Tributes paid after Eckington-born trumpet star dies

Joan Hinde. Picture contributed by Old Theatres Magazine, www.oldtheatres.co.uk
Joan Hinde. Picture contributed by Old Theatres Magazine, www.oldtheatres.co.uk
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A trumpet virtuoso and entertainer who worked with some of the biggest names in showbusiness has died.

Joan Hinde, who was born in Eckington, passed away at a Chichester nursing home aged 81.

Joan’s uncle taught her how to play the cornet when she was six-years-old.

Her showbusiness career started when she performed on the BBC radio programme Children’s Hour in the early 1940s when she was still a child.

She made her first stage appearance at the Chesterfield Hippodrome aged 14.

In a career spanning more than half a century, Joan appeared with major names – including Vera Lynn, Benny Hill, Gracie Fields and Frankie Howard – at some of the most famous venues.

Unusually, she concentrated on live shows rather than the growing medium of television and also toured British bases in places such as Cyprus, the Falkland Islands, Aden and Northern Ireland.

Harry Seacombe remarked Joan could play the trumpet “like the Archangel Gabriel himself”.

Legendary comedian Ken Dodd has been in touch with her husband, Kenneth, since her death at the end of last month.

Kenneth, 79, said: “Ken Dodd told me to keep my pecker up and to look after myself.

“He said everyone loved Joan and she was very talented and professional.”

Joan and Kenneth had been married for 49 years.

He said: “She was irreplaceable.

“She was talented and admired by everybody who knew her.

“She was very well-loved by members of the entertainment world and she enjoyed their company as well.”

Their daughter, Claire, 45, added: “I’m immensely proud of my mother.

“She was the only person I have ever known who never regretted a single day of her life.

“She did everything she wanted to do.”

Joan’s funeral was held at Chichester Crematorium on Friday.