I’ve still got sax appeal aged 85!

KINGHORN;'Saxophonist JIMMY MURPHY, age 85'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
KINGHORN;'Saxophonist JIMMY MURPHY, age 85'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
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A KINGHORN octogenarian is setting out to prove that age is no barrier when it comes to charity.

Jimmy Murphy will be raising money at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by busking on his saxophone - at the age of 85.

Jimmy, who was born is 1926, first took up the sax at the age of 21.

He said: “When I first came out of the army I bought myself a saxophone and practised in my spare time while working as a joiner.

“I got asked to play in a band just 15 months later. I didn’t think I was experienced enough but I managed to get through it.

“After a while I was able to give up being a joiner and started to work as a musician full-time.”

New style

For a few years Jimmy travelled all over the UK playing with different bands in dance halls and at holiday camps until a new style of music put his under threat.

“I came back to Kinghorn when rock n’ roll came along. There was still a lot of people who liked our type of music but not as many. But I was still able to play back here.”

In fact Jimmy witnessed first hand the most famous rock n’ roll band of all.

“I was in the Andy Ross Orchestra in 1963 when we played on the same bill as The Beatles at the Carlton,” he remembered. “It was pandemonium!”

Now Jimmy is looking to raise money for the Children’s Hospice Association and is keeping himself fit for the occasion.

Swimming

He said, “I’ve always looked after myself. I go swimming in the sea and I jog along the beach.

“I’ve never smoked so I can still play the sax as well as I ever have.”

Jimmy will be playing at his pitch outside St Giles Cathedral and hopes to raise plenty of cash.

I did some charity fundraising 10 years ago,” he said. “At that time I raised over £2000.

“I’ve already been given £150 this time so if I get over £300 I’ll be very pleased.

“This will probably be the last time I do this so I’m really looking forward to it.

“I’m going out with a bang!”