Clifton & Lightcliffe storm to success

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AN impressive performance by Clifton and Lightcliffe Senior Band won praise from the judges and propelled the band to victory in the second section of the Yorkshire championships.

Despite drawing first play against 11 other bands, the band’s performance of Goff Richards’ ‘Cross Patonce’ set the marker for the contest and earned warm praise from judges Phillip McCann and Philip Sparke.

Band secretary Jane Clay said: “We have been working very hard since Christmas and we are delighted that it paid off. This is fantastic news for the band and we were so pleased to hear the adjudicators’ comments.”

Clifton and Lightcliffe, one of the oldest brass bands in the country, will now compete in the National Brass Band finals in Cheltenham in September.

Clifton and Lightcliffe B Band also competed in the Yorkshire contest and came a creditable fifth place. Conductor William Rushworth led the band with only a couple of weeks notice.

There was good news for Elland Silver Band who stormed to first place in the third section and will now also compete in Cheltenham.

Band secretary Kathleen Harrison said: “We have been knocking on the door for a number of years and to get first place was a fantastic result. It is the first time we have qualified for the nationals since 1996 and we are all delighted.

“We are particularly pleased for Andrew Whitham, son of the late Geoff, who was voted best soloist in the section.”