Band contests are a blast

THOUSANDS of music lovers defied the weather to watch dozens of bands compete in the ever popular Whit Friday band contests.
Ashton-under-Lyne Band excelled, finishing third in the open section. They were runners-up at Broadoak, Hurst Cross and Stalybridge Celtic, and third at Dukinfield and Heyrod.
Mossley claimed the local championship, finishing ahead of Stalybridge Old Band and St John’s, Mossley.
The open title was once again taken by Foden’s who have dominated Tameside Whit Fridays since the turn of the century, winning 15 championships. They were victorious at Audenshaw, Carrbrook, Hurst Cross, Stalybridge Celtic and Top Mossley.
The Band of the King’s Division enjoyed another successful evening - winning the deportment prize at Broadoak and Denton, and finishing fifth at Carrbrook.
More than 70 bands took part in the 11 contests across the borough, including Leicester Ambassador and Jaguar Land Rover from Coventry.
However, the evening was not only about senior bands. The borough hosted its second youth competition, and victory went to Macclesfield Youth with Hattersley Brass in second place.
CllrJackie Lane, Tameside Council’s assistant executive member for culture, said: “The weather could have been kinder to us but the Whit Friday contests were once again a great success. The event fully lived up to its reputation as the greatest free show on earth.”
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