B&R march on to more success

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The Brighouse and Rastrick Band enjoyed a successful Whit Friday March contest.

It competed in eight out of 11 sections and gained two first prizes, four seconds, a third and a fourth placing.

Led by Guest Conductor Ian Porterhouse, the band competed against 124 bands from all over the UK and Europe in villages around Oldham and Saddleworth.

Soprano player Kevin Crockford, principal cornet Stuart Lingard, and principal euphonium player David Thornton all won prizes.

As the reigning Champion Band of Great Britain, B&R paraded the National Trophy with officials marching at the front.

Band president Paul Beaumont said: “The Whit Friday March Contests are a spectacular and traditional event and attract a combined audience of tens of thousands of people.

“The band played consistently at every venue and was greeted by cheering crowds wherever they went.

“We left the band room at 2:30 pm on the Friday afternoon and arrived back at 1:30 am the following morning somewhat exhausted but after having a great time.”

B&R have had a busy few weeks having recorded a CD the previous weekend under the baton of professor David King, the Band’s professional conductor and having completed five concerts during the previous four weeks. The band is staging a concert at St Bartholomew’s Church, Marsden, on Saturday June 30, commencing at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available from 01484 845622.