Band marches on to more success

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Brighouse and Rastrick Band continued its run of success, returning from the Saddleworth Whit March Contest as overall winners.

The reigning Yorkshire and National Champions competed against more than 100 bands in eight contests.

B&R, conducted by Professor David King, won five first prizes and a third prize and was the most successful band on the evening, which secured the title of overall winners.

Individual prizes for best cornet, soprano and bass section were also awarded to B&R musicians.

In a break with tradition the band played the contest march Knight Templar but marched to each of the contests playing its traditional march Royal Trophy.

Large crowds lined the streets to watch the bands compete.

President of B&R Paul Beaumont and his wife Julie marched in front of the band carrying the huge National Trophy, which the band won at the Royal Albert Hall in October last year.

He said: “You can’t believe how heavy that trophy felt after we had hauled it around eight villages.

“But we felt very proud of the band and the crowd were thrilled that we had given the trophy pride of place at the front of the band.”

B&R are currently rehearsing for the English National competition at Preston Guild Hall on Saturday, which is a qualifying round for the European Championships to be held in Holland next May.

Also, on Saturday the band perform at Central Methodist Church, Brighouse.