Brighouse March and Hymn Tune Competition postponed for another year

A popular music festival that sees brass bands march through the streets of Brighouse has been postponed.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 9:22 am
Updated Friday, 30th April 2021, 9:24 am
March and Hymn Tune Competition in Brighouse
March and Hymn Tune Competition in Brighouse

The annual March and Hymn Tune Competition is organised by the Brighouse and District Lions Club.

After the cancellation of last years event the Lions were hoping that the 2021 event could go ahead and have held out as long as possible to see whether it might be allowed as an outdoor event.

However after a number of meetings organisers have come to the decision that the popular event in July cannot go ahead.

A spokesperson for the Brighouse and District Lions said : "At a recent Zoom meeting the criteria of the event had been researched in advance and there was also advice from Brighouse BID personnel who have sadly had to cancel their 2021 events.

"The online indications on Calderdale Council's website suggested that we would have to implement a signing in procedure to enable track and trace, as well as policing the crowd to ensure that distancing guidelines would be upheld.

"With a potential entry of twenty plus bands and a crowd of circa 2,000 we realised this would be impossible to manage.

"Our thanks must go to Tom Eve and Mark of Venture Scouts for their help and Brighouse BID for their support."

"All band entry fees which have been held over from 2020 will be refunded and we sincerely hope that we can offer the 21st event in 2022, although it will then be twenty three years since the first one."