Spectators line streets to listen to the best of brass

The upper Calder Valley was filled with the sound of brass band music at the sixth annual Hebden Bridge Heritage Weekend.

Ten bands, including several from Calderdale, competed in the Alan Bottomley Memorial March Contest on Sunday afternoon, each marching along Bridge Gate before forming up in St George’s Square to perform a march and hymn tune.

Elland Silver Youth Band perform at the Hebden Bridge brass band marching contest in St George's Square

Elland Silver Youth Band perform at the Hebden Bridge brass band marching contest in St George's Square

Hundreds of spectators filled the square to support the bands and listen to the music.

Steve Gardner, of organisers Hebden Bridge Brass Band, said: “It was an excellent day.

“It has been very well supported by the local community. People have really got involved with it, more so than ever before.

“It’s bringing people into the town after last summer’s floods.

“It’s bringing some life back into the town again.”

Steve thanked Hebden Royd Town Council for its support and also the businesses and groups that sponsored the heritage weekend.

First prize at the contest went to Marsden Band. The runners-up were Drighlington. The Alan Bottomley Memorial Shield for the best combined score in the march and hymn tune categories was presented to Marsden.

Other winners included Clifton and Lightcliffe B, who were the highest placed fourth section band; Elland Silver Band, who won the highest placed second section award; and Elland Youth, who were presented with the best youth band prize.

Mayor of Hebden Royd Coun Karl Boggis, who awarded the prizes, said it was great to see so many people in the town and hoped it had been a boost for local traders.

He praised the members of Hebden Bridge Brass Band for all their efforts in organising the event.

“They are fantastic ambassadors for the town and I hope they continue to provide the service they do for us and keep promoting Hebden Bridge,” he said.