Marching out to victory

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Brass band enthusiasts travelled from far and wide to attend the 14th annual Festival of Brass.

The festival organised by the Brighouse Lions, featured 26 bands with some “stunning” playing in Thornton Square, Brighouse. One of the largest crowds in the contest’s history saw defending champions Marsden Silver retain the title, pushed hard by runners-up Northop Silver with Yorkshire Imperial taking third place.

Brass Band Comptition, Thornton Square, Brighouse.

Brass Band Comptition, Thornton Square, Brighouse.

The line-up included six Championship section bands and provided the crowd with renditions of a hymm tune and contest march.

The day was off to a great start with the Youth section where Elland regained their title of 2011.

What was to follow was a spectacular performance by “Boobs & Brass” who dazzled the crowd in their pink uniform. “Lilly the Pink” drew rapturous applause from their many fans outside the Black Bull hotel.

This non-contesting performance raised a good amount for their Breast Cancer Campaign Charity.

One of the organisers David Horsfield said: “The March and Hymn Tune spectacular in this West Yorkshire town has developed into one of the top brass events in the UK and the non-stop seven hour show thrilled the audience which had travelled from far and wide.

“Fred Etherington, “the voice of Brighouse” as he is affectionately known kept the non-stop show moving along well. The adjudicators were Alan Morrison, Dennis Wilby and Jappie Dijkstra.

“The “Symphony” model cornet, presented by John Hudson and kindly donated by Geneva Instruments was won by Knottingley Silver after the lucky draw took place during the results ceremony.”

Lion President Douglas Cornell thanked all concerned and especially the sponsors: Geneva Instruments, Kershaw’s Garden Centre, Blakeley’s Fish Restaurant, Webster’s Insurance Services, Kirklees Music, Blakeley’s 43 Coffee House, Mr and Mrs Weyland Roberts and Mr and Mrs Pascal Eicher.

The Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Ann Martin opened the event. She said it was terrific and something she enjoyed being from a brass band background. “They are just fantastic,” she said. “They have made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. Absolutely superb, especially Elland Youth Band just brilliant.

“The whole event has got tremendous recognition and I believe is the second biggest in the country.”