B. & R. edged out in bid for hat-trick

B&R's Lucy Murphy with the Eddie Noble Memorial Trophy for the Best Instrumentalist
B&R's Lucy Murphy with the Eddie Noble Memorial Trophy for the Best Instrumentalist

BRIGHOUSE and Rastrick Band had their dreams of winning an historic hat-trick of victories in the Yorkshire championships denied by close rivals Black Dyke.

St George’s Hall, Bradford, was the setting for the close-fought title contest which saw Black Dyke, led by Dr Nicholas Childs, edge out national champions B & R who were also hoping to win ‘the double’ this year.

There was some consolation for B & R in having Lucy Murphy, one of the band’s two female players, named as best instrumentalist.

B & R will now join Black Dyke and the third placed Rothwell Temperance at the national finals at the Royal Albert Hall in London in October.

The Yorkshire championship test piece, played by 13 bands, was ‘The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’ by Derek Bourgeois and the judges were Paul Cosh and Frank Renton.

Band spokesman David Howe said it was 35 years since the same band had won a hat-trick in the Yorkshire championships and equalling the record was ‘an awesome challenge’ for any band.

“B & R played exceptionally well and were pipped at the post. It was a challenging test piece and full credit must go to Lucy for her solo award.”

B & R, led by conductor Prof David King, will now concentrate on regaining the national title in October. The band is in action at Huddersfield Town Hall on March 24.