Top bandsman attacked after contest success

A LEADING Brighouse and Rastrick bandsman was badly beaten after he had triumphed at a prestigious contest.

Soprano cornet player Nigel Fielding was attacked in the grounds of The Sage concert hall, Gateshead, hours after he had helped the band sweep the board with a stunning performance.

The 40-year-old, who came to Brighouse and Rastrick after several successful years with Grimethorpe Colliery band, was left nursing a badly swollen and bleeding lip as well as bruising around his eyes.

He is expected to be out of action for several weeks although he hopes to be back for the band's Christmas concerts on December 16.

President of the band, Paul Beaumont, said everyone was dismayed and disgusted over what had happened to Mr Fielding.

"We are deeply shocked over what was a totally unprovoked attack.

"Things like this never happen at brass band events. We may all be competitive but the brass band fraternity is one big happy family.''

He said the incident had been reported to the police who were investigating.

"The band would like to thank management and staff at The Sage and the organisers of the concert for their assistance.''

A Northumbria Police spokesman confirmed they were looking into the incident.

"The victim was approached by another man and an argument developed. He was punched in the face and suffered a cut lip. Our inquiries are ongoing.''