I first met Wyc when I arrived at the band practice at Kingston corps of the Salvation Army. My company in Glasgow had sent me to London to work. The exact location of the site would be advised when I got to London. So I ended up in Kingston where I had no contacts. I managed to contact the local Salvation Army Captain and he helped me to get accommodation.
When I arrived at the practice I was asked what I played in the band I said I was a drummer and immediately I was put alongside Wyc. This started an association with him that carried on for several years until I returned to Scotland and joined up with the band at Hamilton where I am still playing percussion.
I have many happy memories and some amusing ones from our time playing together in Kingston.On one occasion we were going to play a concert in another corps in London I had some of the drums in my car and was following Wyc in his little MG with one of our copper tympani with three legs extended mounted on the back of it. The reactions of the people we passed were priceless. How I wish we had had camera phones in those days.
Wyc was indeed a brilliant percussionist and we made a good team. But more than that I will always remember Wyc, who with his lovely wife Liz, were really kind to my wife and I while we were in London. Many times we visited them and shared good times with them. They also took us to many events when we were there including the boat race, motor racing etc.
I will always remember Wyc as a very kind, generous and funny person but most of all as an exemplary Salvation Army bandsman from whom I learned such a lot, not only about percussion but about caring for others.