Sylvia England was born in Huddersfield in 1931. She started playing the trumpet in 1941, taking lessons from Tom Eastwood of Marsden, teacher and conductor of Marsden School Band from 1942.

She became a professional musician in 1943 and joined Henry Croudsons Youth Orchestra followed by Billy Williams Rhythum Graduates, which was formed from the Orchestra. This was followed by Dorothy Marno's Ladies Band and Gloria Gaye's Ladies Band. She joined Ivy Bensons All Girl Band in 1947, entertaining the troops in Germany, Austria and Italy from 1947 to 1951. There were tours to Egypt, Cyprus, Malta and Tripoli during 1949 to 1951 together with summer seasons at Butlins Holiday Camps at Filey, Pwllheli, Skegness and Ayr.

Sylvia married Don Hampson, drummer and leader of the Ambassadors Dance Band, Huddersfield in 1951; daughters Lindsay and Sharron were born in 1954 and 1958.

Sylvia and Don then formed a quartet - "The Clefs" - with Dave and Glenys Bintley, to play at Clubs, which was joined by Dorothy, Sylvias sister who played Trombone to play for dancing.

She formed the "University of the Third Age" (U.3.A.) dance band in 1986 and left in 1992 to sing with the U3A Choir.

Sylvia currently plays Trumpet with a local rehearsal brass band and sings with the U3A choir. She organised 3 reunions for ex Benson members, visiting Ivy who had moved to Clacton on Sea, Essex, playing Organ at local Hotels.

Since 1994 Sylvia writes BOGS (Bensons Old Girls) bulletin, distributing it to many ex members each Christmas.

Sylvia England
Played Trumpet - 1947 to 1951