IT’S the greatest free show on earth and it takes place in a matter of days. On May 20 it’s Whit Friday and Tameside will again be hosting the annual brass band contests – just as it has for almost 150 years.
As usual there will be 11 events across the borough - all organised by volunteer committees under the leadership of the Tameside Friends of Whit Friday. Almost 100 bands are expected to compete.
Bands have to perform in at least six of the contests if they want to stand a chance of being overall champions. As well as demanding proof of musical prowess, the evening tests discipline, stamina and organisational skills.
The 11 competitions, all of which are organised by Tameside Council in partnership with the Friends of Tameside Whit Friday Brass Band Contest, are:
Audenshaw: Aldwinians Rugby Club, Droylsden Road, Audenshaw, M34 5SN – 4 to 10.30pm.
Broadoak: Broadoak Hotel, Broadoak Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 8QD – 5 to 11pm.
Carrbrook: Carr Rise, Carrbrook, Stalybridge, SK15 3NY – 4.30 to 10.30pm.
Denton: Denton Cricket Club, Egerton Street, Denton, M34 3PB – 4.15 to 11.15pm.
Droylsden: Bush Inn, Moorside Street, Droylsden, M43 7HL – 4.30 to 11pm.
Dukinfield: Tame Valley Hotel, Park Road, Dukinfield, SK16 5LX – 4.30 to 11pm.
Heyrod: John Street, Heyrod, Stalybridge, SK15 3BW – 4.30 to 10.30pm.
Hurst Village: Ashton United AFC, Surrey Street, Hurst Cross, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 8DY – 4.30 to 10.15pm.
Stalybridge: Stalybridge Labour Club, Acres Lane, Stalybridge, SK15 2JR – 4.30 to 10.30pm.
Stalybridge Celtic: Stalybridge Celtic AFC, Bower Fold, Mottram Road, Stalybridge, SK15 2RT – 4.30 to 11pm.
Upper Mossley: Mountain Street, Mossley, OL5 0ES – 4.30 to 10pm.