A CLECKHEATON councillor has vowed to get defibrillators installed in all local town halls after a musician collapsed and almost died during a brass band concert.
Stewart Swallow was performing with the Clifton and Lightcliffe Brass Band at Cleckheaton Town Hall two weeks ago when he suffered a cardiac arrest on stage.
In a lucky coincidence there was a cardiac nurse in the audience, and alongside two band members Kerry Lawrance and Martin Horsfield they were able to perform CPR on him until paramedics arrived. He’s now recovering.
Coun Kath Pinnock (Lib Dem, Cleckheaton) was also watching the show – and is now campaigning to get defibrillators installed at not just Cleckheaton but all town halls across the district.
Currently, the nearest defibrillator to the town centre is at Cleckheaton Sports Club.
Baroness Pinnock said: “Luckily the cardiac nurse was there, otherwise it could have been a very different outcome.
“It was very serious, if there was a defibrillator in the town hall that would have made a very big difference – especially if there wasn’t a nurse in the audience.
“I’ve written to the chief executive of the council and told her what happened and said a defibrillator would have been really helpful, so why not have one in all of our town halls?
“Town halls are used by older people, therefore let’s make sure we have one there.
“I will one way or another, especially for Cleckheaton, get a defibrillator because I’m determined we will – even if we have to fund it in a different way. We’re not going to have that circumstance again.”
The concert had been arranged by the Spenborough Branch of the Royal British Legion to mark the launch of the annual poppy appeal.
Stewart was taken to Leeds General Infirmary and is now recovering in Calderdale Hospital.