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Gilbert had planned to bring his family over to Australia for a holiday as a surprise, after the 'cat was let out of the bag' Ray asked Gilbert to change the tickets to one way, with no return.
"One particular time I was working at an asbestos factory making gutters and pipes on shift work but that was 12 miles away from home," he said.
"I've been all over, I've been a brick labourer, I've been a bus conductor, you name it, I've done it," he said.
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Ray can remember riding his bike to work on Christmas morning, falling off many times on the slippery ice.
Eventually, Ray got in contact Converse Shoes For Women Low Tops with the local Salvation Army band and played with it until it folded in 2012.
Powell is a lover of brass.
"I had a scarf round my neck and a beanie on, I came off my bike several times in the icy weather and I clocked in at 8.45," he Converse Extra High Tops
"When that band folded up, that cornett had been sitting in the bottom of my wardrobe I didn't buy the cornet for that, I bought it to play it, so here I am."
The first instrument Ray came to learn was a 'big, battered brass E flat bass'.
In England, Ray was a Jack of all trades having worked in various fields 'chasing the big dollars'.
"I saw the advert in the paper in the first place and I thought shall I, shan't I," he said.
"Whilst I was playing with that band I started on second horn then I transferred to help out the band to cornet then I had a brilliant idea and bought my own cornet," he said.
"I was there for a couple of months but every time it was practice time I had to be at work," he said.
Now a regular member of the Whyalla Brass Band, it wasn't until Ray saw an advert in the Whyalla News that he thought to bring that cornet back out again.
"I came over to practice one Friday afternoon just to see what was going on and I liked what was going on and I'm still here and going to stay here."
Ray first became involved in brass music and performing when he was still in Gloucester when he was about 10 years old.
"Then I went on to baritone, second horn then I bought my own cornet," Ray said.
the cornet with the local Whyalla Brass Band. Ray believes it is his love of music that has helped him live as long as 92.
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Living in such a different time to the modern day, Ray can remember travelling miles to work in a different town.
"When I was on early shift I had to ride a pushbike [at] 4.30 and all being well I would clock in at 10 to six."
It wasn't until Ray was 52 years old that he, his wife Dorothy and two daughters Jackie and Veronica made the move to Whyalla after his son Gilbert had migrated years before.
When moving to Australia in 1974, Ray joined the Whyalla Citizens Band.
"From there onwards it has been this band that band and every other band," he said.
"I left there on my 65th birthday I have been retired for 27 years," Ray said.
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