Boarshurst Book Cheltenham Final Date

Third place spot at Winter Gardens guarantees place in National Finals

Boarshurst Silver Band have booked their place in the National Finals on the 17 – 18 September. Due to take place at The Centaur, Cheltenham, Section 1 to 4 bands alongside Boarshurst will compete for national success within their sections.

The Championship Section bands will host their final at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on the 08 October 2016. Qualifying from the North West Regional Championships last Sunday are Foden’s (Professor Nicholas Childs) and Wingates (Paul Andrews) bands. Fairey (Garry Cutt) have pre-qualified for the National Finals.

Boarshurst Silver Band, conducted by James Garlick, came third behind Cheshire Constabulary (David Wollam) and Haydock (Mark Quinn). On 4BarsRest, Mr. Garlick was quoted as “overdosing on Omega 3 oils.” It was clear their morning rehearsal had paid off.

Saddleworth and Tameside Bands

The highest placed brass band within Saddleworth and Tameside was Ashton-under-Lyne Brass Band (Philip Chalk) who came fourth in the Championship section at Blackpool. Diggle (Alan Wycherley), Saddleworth’s Championship section band came ninth.

In the First Section, Mossley (Duncan Byers) came seventh. Also vying for a place at Cheltenham alongside Boarshurst was Delph and Uppermill bands. Conducted by Phil Goodwin and Alan Widdop, they took up 12th and 13th places.

Sadly, Saddleworth’s representatives in the Third Section didn’t book their places in the Cheltenham final. Greenfield (Tom Haslam) and Dobcross Silver (Tim Siddall) came eighth and ninth respectively.

In the Fourth Section, Stalybridge Old Band (David Ashworth) came third, though missed out on a trip to Cheltenham in mid-September. Taking the two places were Formby (Louise Hough MBE) and Thornton-Cleveleys (Stephen Craig). Dobcross Youth (Richard Windle) came 13th in the Fourth Section heats. Lees (Matt Corrigan) came tenth.

Preview Evening Runners and Riders

How the five bands from Boarshurst Band Club’s Preview Evening [21 February] fared.

  1. Blackley Band (John Atkinson): 5th, Fourth Section;
  2. Milnrow Band (Mark Bentham): 6th, Championship Section;
  3. Eccles Borough Band (Mareika Gray): 10th, First Section;
  4. Greenfield Band (Tom Haslam): 8th, Third Section;
  5. Delph Band (Phil Goodwin): 12th, Second Section.

Forthcoming Fixtures

If you fancy travelling further afield, the Yorkshire Regional Championships shall take place at St. George’s Hall, Bradford, on the 05 – 06 March 2016. Section 2 – 4 bands will feature in Saturday’s programme whereas Sunday’s programme sees the Championship and First Section bands. If you’re able to make your way by bus or train, Bradford Interchange is only adjacent to St. George’s Hall. For tickets, ring 01274 43200.

If you’re unable to make it to Bradford, Boarshurst Band Club’s #SundayBrass concert features Mossley St. John’s Band, a mere taxi ride away from the band club to Roughtown.

The 12 to 13 March sees the Midlands Regional Championships at the Nicholas Chamberlain Technology College in Bedworth. By train, you might save money by splitting your ticket. Do so by purchasing an off-peak return from Greenfield, Mossley, Stalybridge or Ashton-under-Lyne stations to Stoke-on-Trent, and a West Midlands Day Ranger for the journey to Bedworth.

Also on the same weekend as the Midlands Regional Championship is the North of England Regional Championships, which are taking place at the Gala Theatre in Durham city centre. Direct Transpennine Express services go to Durham straight from Huddersfield and Manchester Victoria stations. Passengers (who have successfully applied for a mortgage for the walk-on fare) should board the stopping service from Ashton-under-Lyne to Huddersfield, changing there for the Durham train.

We wish all the participating bands every success and hope they get to join Boarshurst in the final at Cheltenham. Or at the Royal Albert Hall. All the best!

S.V., 29 February 2016.


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