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Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph dated December 3. 1949, Ann Cooper, 2006
Mr. W. T. L. Flood
Rushden Musician

A few hours after he had received the keys to the new organ console at Rushden Park Road Baptist Church on Friday, the deputy choir master, Mr. Wm. Thomas Lloyd Flood collapsed at the choir practice. He was taken home and died later.

Church members to-day spoke of the way in which Mr. Flood had spent hours watching the organ being renovated. The choir were meeting to practise a special anthem for the opening ceremony.

Well known in local musical circles, Mr. Flood who was 74, came to Rushden when he was about 7 or 8 with the late W. J. Tompkins and lived for years with the late Mr. Bernard Tompkins at the Manse in Park Road.

As a youth he attended the Grammar School at Higham and was employed by Messrs. John Cave and Sons before the great fire.

For many years he was on the staff of Messrs. Fred Knight, of Park Road and afterwards became the Rushden Public Assistance Officer. Always a keen musician, he was for over 20 years choir master and organist at Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church and for part of that time was also deputy choir master at Rushden Park Road Baptist Church. During the war he was choirmaster at the Park Road Church while Mr. John Days was serving in the army.

From 1918 to 1934 Mr. Flood was secretary of Rushden Choral Society. He was always willing to assist at any musical function in the town.

Mr. Flood was also a keen supporter of the Baptist Recreation Club. In his youth he was well known as a left-hand bat and more recently he was often seen on the bowling green.

He also held high position in the Independent Order of Rechabites, and was, earlier interested in the Band of Hope Union. The widow, Mrs. Clara Elizabeth Flood, lost her brother, Mr. Eli Groome, just over a week ago and recently suffered two accidents.

A son Mr. Ewart Flood, is a school master in Ilford. Mr. Flood lived at 42, Queen Street, Rushden.

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