In Pictures: Whit Friday 2013

From Mossley to Uppermill and Greenfield, The Greatest Free Show on Earth in pictorial form

Through rain, Arctic winds and – on Friday night – in a big coat, East of the M60 celebrated Whit Friday in style. Several pints (well, 4.5 of them), a Pork Pie, two semi-rushed ham salad muffins, and a portion of Special Fried Rice with chips and curry later, here’s  the results… Continue reading “In Pictures: Whit Friday 2013”

Whit Friday 2013 Results: Tameside Contests

East of the M60’s classified check on Tameside’s Whit Friday Brass Band Contests.

Foden’s continue to sweep the board in Tameside

At all but the Dukinfield, Denton and Heyrod contests, Foden’s picked up top prizes throughout the borough. In Tame Valley, they were eluded by the Vernon Building Society. The top prize went to Rothwell Temperance Band in the Heyrod contest, which had the most bands in Tameside. At the Denton Cricket Club contest, East Yorkshire Motor Services band were winners. Foden’s were also runners-up at the Denton, Dukinfield and Heyrod contests.

Stalybridge Old Band picked up Third Section prizes at the Broadoak Hotel and Droylsden (Bush Inn) contests and came third in the Tameside Local Championships. Mossley Band came fourth at the Broadoak Hotel and won the Best Second Section prize at the Top Mossley contest.

Foden’s picked up the £2,500 prize for the Tameside Open Championship with Rothwell Temperance picking up £1,000 for second place. Ashton-under-Lyne came third in the Tameside Open Championship (£750) and first in the Tameside Local Championship.

As with last year, Tameside Radio sponsored this year’s contests, with individual prizes sponsored by local businesses.

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Whit Friday 2013 Results: Saddleworth Contests

East of the M60’s classified check on the Oldham and Saddleworth Area Whit Friday Brass Band Contest Results.

Brighouse and Rastrick top dog in Saddleworth

This year, Brighouse and Rastrick took top honours at the Saddleworth contests, winning at Delph, Dobcross, Greenfield, Scouthead and Austerlands and Uppermill. It wasn’t quite the clean sweep which Foden’s had in the Tameside contests. Hepworth won at Greenacres, with top honours going to Oldham (Lees) Band at the Grotton contest.

Brighouse and Rastrick won the Saddleworth and Oldham District Championship (£2,500) with Fairey in second place (£1,000). The best local band prize in the Saddleworth and Oldham District Championship went to Marsden Silver (£750).

As usual, the atmosphere along Chew Valley Road was electric. The Arctic style winds which dogged that morning’s Whit Walks disappeared, with some showers till 6pm. Among the creative deportment pieces was Blame It on the Boogie, which was played by Hade Edge band. Delph Youth band’s deportment piece was Katy Perry’s Firework – a far cry from Army of the Nile but a well arranged piece nonetheless. Towards the end of proceedings, Tartan Brass arrived wearing kilts before playing their contest march, The Contestor.

Last year on East of the M60, we said that Scouthead and Austerlands’ last contest would have been last year. We are happy to have learned otherwise, as this year’s contest saw 65 bands – up seven on last year. Continue reading “Whit Friday 2013 Results: Saddleworth Contests”