Brasstonishing! Brilliant bands bring bumper crowds to show

Brighouse Lions Festival of Brass, in Thronton Square, Brighouse

Brighouse Lions Festival of Brass, in Thronton Square, Brighouse

Hundreds witnessed non-stop music in the streets for the annual Brighouse Festival of Brass.

Opened by the Mayor of Calderdale Councillor Pat Allen, the 15th Brighouse & District Lions March and Hymn Tune Contest featured 26 bands with some stunning playing in the Town Hall Square.

One of the largest crowds in the contest’s history saw defending Champions Marsden Silver retain the title, pushed hard by runners-up Yorkshire Imperial with Skelmanthorpe taking third place.

Before the results there was a French themed selection performed by Clifton & Lightcliffe Band, ahead of next weeks “Le Grand Depart” which travels through Calderdale on its marathon journey.

Earlier in the Day “Boobs & Brass” once again thrilled the audience with their distinctive dress and music.

Glyn Williams took the best conductor award - a new trophy presented by The Friends of Brighouse Lions.

Fred Etherington, was presented with a certificate of appreciation by The Lions after his fifteen years as MC since the first millennium celebration event back in 2000.

The adjudicators were Derek Broadbent, Pascal Eicher and Chris Jeans.

The “Symphony” Cornet kindly donated by Geneva was won by Elland Silver’s Samantha Harrison and this was presented by John Hudson.

Lion President Pamela Lumb thanked all concerned and especially the sponsors: Geneva Instruments, Calderdale MBC, Kershaw’s Garden Centre, Blakeley’s Fish Restaurant, Webster’s Insurance Services, Kirklees Music, No. 43 Coffee House, Mr. & Mrs. Weyland Roberts and Tourer World.


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