Festival is pride of the Lions . . .

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BRIGHOUSE Lions hit all the right notes when they held their most successful music event raising money for charity.

The organisers of the Brass Band March and Hymn Tune competition have given £500 each to their two chosen charities – Brighouse Rest Centre and the Friends of Highbury School.

Lion Eric Nelson said there was still some money to be collected from the event which was held in the town centre in July.

“It was the best so far,” said Mr Nelson. The weather was kind and people turned out in force to support the event and enjoy some marvellous music. I hope we can do even better next time.”

The two-day festival got underway with the Brighouse Youth Solo Championships in Bailiff Bridge, which saw youngsters demonstrate their musical talents. On the following day more than 300 brass enthusiasts filled Thornton Square.

Twenty-six bands took part in the musical extravaganza over the weekend where musicians put on some dazzling performances in the soaring heat.

The overall winner was Marsden Band led by Glyn Williams who just edged out Skelmanthorpe with the tie-breaker system of best band on the march giving them the title.