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Obit: Ray Styles of Tunbridge Wells - Sept 2012

GUEST,George Frampton 10 Sep 12 - 03:55 AM
GUEST,Laura King- Ray's granddaughter 12 Sep 12 - 04:27 AM
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Subject: Obit: Ray Styles
From: GUEST,George Frampton
Date: 10 Sep 12 - 03:55 AM

I heard from Bob Kenward that Ray Styles of Tunbridge Wells died last week: the funeral will be on Wednesday at Tunbridge wells Crematorium.

Ray was best known in Kent for popularising the song 'Waltzing With Bears' which he heard at Broadstairs from Bayou Seco. Others (including myself and Mark Lawson) first heard it from Ray and gave it their own individual spin which, upon hearing the original from Bayou Seco, gives a clue as to how tradition works with half-remembered words and melody!

Ray was a regular at the Eight Bells in Tenterden in the 1990s and other clubs in West Kent. He had a small repertoire of little-sang humorous songs, such as 'Down in a Diving Bell' and 'Roseville Fair'.

(Not a good week for Kent, having read the news about Den Giddens in another thread today).

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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Styles
From: GUEST,Laura King- Ray's granddaughter
Date: 12 Sep 12 - 04:27 AM

I just wanted to say that Ray was my grandad, and reading your message was very special. On occasion he would bring me to his folk dos when I was a little girl. I loved spending this time with him, hearing his songs and learning about his passion for folk. It gave me such cherished memories of my gramps.
I can't make it to his funeral because I now live in Canada. It warns my heart to know that his dearest friends from the folk scene will be there, along with my family, to honour him and celebrate his memory.
Thank you for your kind words, god bless

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