Brighouse tunes up for a brass spectacular

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Interest in this year’s Brighouse Lions’ Festival of Brass is at an all-time high and has guaranteed a sell-out for the opening concert on Saturday.

Tickets for the concert by the all-female band Boobs and Brass (above right) at Central Methodist Church, Brighouse, on Saturday have all been snapped up but there will be another chance to see them on Sunday during the traditional March and Hymn Tune contest.

Festival organiser David Horsfield said: “There has been so much interest in Boobs and Brass from Northamptonshire. People who have been unable to get tickets for the concert will be able to see the band on Sunday when members march along Bethel Street at about 1.30pm. They will be collecting along the way for their chosen Breast Cancer Charity.”

Mr Horsfield said spectators were travelling from all over the country to enjoy the 14th annual Festival of Brass in Brighouse town centre on Sunday.

“We know people are coming from Surrey, Cumbria, Lincolnshire and Wales and staying for the weekend.

“Rachael and Darrol Barry will make their usual trip from the United Arab Emirates to witness the brass spectacular. Darrol is a well-known brass composer who has worked as musical director to the Sultan of Oman for about ten years.”

Twenty-six bands from all over the country are competing including Wingates Band from Bolton, Northrop Band from North Wales and Marsden, with serious competition from Skelmanthorpe, Yorkshire Imperial and Kirbymoorside.

Bands will start marching at 1pm on Sunday from Thornton Square.