Performing miracles . . .

BRASS band enthusiasts described it as the best yet after listening to musicians from far and wide perform in the town at the weekend.

“They perfomed miracles in that heat,” said one admiring spctator.

More than three hundred people filled Thornton Square as Brighouse Lions staged their 12th Brass Band March and Hymn Tune competition and took their seats to watch the 26 bands perform while enjoying the sunshine.

Visitors from all parts of the UK attended the event plus Heleen and Johann Talman from Friesland in the North of Holland, who played with local favourites Clifton and Lightcliffe.

The festival started on Saturday morning with the Brighouse Youth Solo Championships in Bailiff Bridge where there was a very friendly atmosphere which helped to encourage the young people to show their talents.

The event was sponsored by Kershaw’s Garden Centre of Brighouse and Brigitte Matthews of Holmfirth.

The evening gala concert at Central Methodist Church, Brighouse, featured Diggle Band under the inspirational leadership of James Shepherd with a programme of popular music which delighted a full house.

Guest soloist for the evening, Chris Jeans, principal trombone of the Virtuosi GUS Band entertained the enthusiastic audience.

On Sunday afternon Fred Etherington kept the non-stop show moving along well. The adjudicators were David Hirst, Chris Jeans, David Read and Stan Lippeatt.

Lions’ President Douglas Cornell thanked everyone involved especially sponsors Yamaha-Kemble Music, Kershaw’s Garden Centre, Blakeley’s Fish Restaurant, Kirklees Music, Mr & Mrs Weyland Roberts and Calderdale Council. The Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Nader Fekri and Craig Whittaker, M.P. opened the event.

Coun Fekri said it was absolutely brilliant to see especially the young bands perform. “I think it is wonderful. It brings the whole town together and shows it off to its best advantage. It has drawn people in from outside the town and is an excellent advertisement for what it has to offer.”