Whit Friday 2016 Results: Tameside Contests

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

Middleton Band, Ashton United F.C., Whit Friday 2016
Bouncing Down: wet weather did little to dampen the spirits of Middleton Band, who won the Best 2nd Section Band prize at the Hurst Village Contest.

Foden’s win Tameside Open Championship, though only just

For a staggering fourteenth year on the trot, Foden’s won the Tameside Open Championship prize. The Sandbach-based band, whose band club was ravaged by fire lately, won at Audenshaw, Carrbrook, Hurst Cross, Stalybridge Celtic and the Upper Mossley contests. Foden’s also won the Deportment prize at the Upper Mossley contest, and were first on at the Audenshaw contest.

Finishing second in the Tameside Open Championship was Rothwell Temperance. They picked up the top prizes at the Broadoak, Droylsden and Dukinfield [Tame Valley]. Furthermore, the Leodensian band picked up a good number of top five placings, being runners-up to Foden’s at Aldwinians’ ground, and second at the Stalybridge Labour Club contest.

Breaking a solid 13-year reign at the Stalybridge contest, we saw a new winner at the Labour Club. Picking up their first top prize in nearly 40 years was the Yorkshire Imperial Brass Band. Throughout the 1970s as Yorkshire Imps and Yorkshire Bus Imps, they dominated the Stalybridge contest. That decade ended with Stalybridge Old Band being top dog on the 08 June 1979.

Almost 37 years on, the oldest brass band in the world are now in Section Four, though will be promoted to Section Three. Stalybridge Old Band also had a fantastic Whit Friday picking up prizes for the Best Section Four band at all but two of the eleven venues in Tameside (they didn’t win at Stalybridge Labour Club nor Upper Mossley). As the Highest Placed Local Band, they came second at Bower Fold (to Ashton-under-Lyne band), and won the Best Fourth Section Basses prize at Denton Cricket Club.

In the Tameside Local Championship, it was a Mossley sandwich with Stalybridge Old Band being the boiled ham between two halves of the oven bottom muffin. First place was Mossley Band, Stalybridge Old Band in second, and in third place, St. John’s Mossley.

Once again, Hattersley Brass were out on the contest circuit and had another memorable Whit Friday. They finished as runners-up to Macclesfield Youth in the Tameside Youth Championship, plus the Denton and Broadoak contests. At the former venue, they were the first band on at the cricket club. At the latter, they also picked up the Junior Deportment prize.

With the untimely death of Victoria Wood this year, Besses O’Th’ Barn band paid tribute to the comedian and scriptwriter on their deportment and contest marches. For the deportment piece, they marched to The Ballad of Barry and Freda (Let’s Do It). Their contest march was Whitefield.

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The Results:

2016 saw the wettest Whit Friday since 2009. Early evening started off as overcast before turning to rain at around half past seven. The thermometer was around 12ºC at Hurst Cross. Thankfully, there was no strong winds, but the rain had an overall effect on the number of bands in this year’s campaign.

Prize monies remained static this year. This year’s contests saw sponsorship from Tameside Radio and KIA Premier. The latter concern on Birch Lane, Dukinfield, was formerly Colliers’ Garage. They sponsored the Youth prizes.

Audenshaw

34 Bands (-5):
  1. Foden’s – £500
  2. Rothwell Temperance – £200
  3. Leyland – £150
Highest Placed 2nd Section:
  1. Skelmanthorpe Prospect – £100
  2. Middleton Band – £75
Highest Placed 3rd Section:
  1. Ifton Colliery – £100
  2. Besses O’Th’ Barn – £75
Highest Placed 4th Section:
  1. Stalybridge Old Band – £100
  2. Blackley – £75

Highest Placed Local: Ashton-under-Lyne – £125

Highest Placed Junior: Mossley Hollins- £100

First Band to Play: Foden’s – £75

Deportment: The Band of the King’s Division: £75

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Broadoak

39 Bands (-5):
  1. Rothwell Temperance – £500
  2. Ashton-under-Lyne – £250
  3. Foden’s – £150
  4. Leyland – £120

Highest 2nd Section: Hoover (Bolton) – £80

Highest 3rd Section: Valley Brass (Haydock)

Highest 4th Section: Stalybridge Old Band – £70

Highest Local:
  1. Mossley – £70
  2. Stockport Silver – £50
Highest Placed Junior:
  1. Macclesfield Youth
  2. Hattersley Brass

First Band to Play: St. John’s Mossley – £20

Deportment Prize: The Band of the King’s Division – £50

Junior Deportment: Hattersley Brass – £30

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Carrbrook

33 Bands (-1):
  1. Foden’s – £600
  2. Leyland
  3. Mossley Band
  4. The Band of the King’s Division
  5. Rainford

Highest 2nd Section: Hoover (Bolton)

Highest 3rd Section: Hawk Green (Marple)

Highest 4th Section: Stalybridge Old Band

Highest Local: Mossley Band

Highest Youth:
  1. Mossley Hollins
  2. Hope Bank Youth

Deportment: Mossley Band

First to play: Mossley Hollins

Stewards’ Award: Hope Bank

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Denton

44 Bands (NC):
  1. Northop Silver – £250
  2. Rainford
  3. Hammonds Saltaire

Highest 1st Section: Marple

Highest 2nd Section: Skelmanthorpe Prospect

Highest 3rd Section: 
  1. Farnworth and Walkden
  2. Ifton Colliery
Highest 4th Section:
  1. Stalybridge Old Band
  2. Blackley
Highest Placed Junior:
  1. Macclesfield Youth
  2. Hattersley Brass

Best Local: Ashton-under-Lyne

Cornet: Northop Silver – £40

Trombone Section: Rainford

Junior Cornet: Macclesfield Youth – £50

Best 4th Section Basses: Stalybridge Old Band

Deportment: The Band of the King’s Division

Prize Draw: Jaguar Land Rover

First Band to Play: Hattersley Brass

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Droylsden:

36 Bands (-3)
  1. Rothwell Temperance – £500
  2. Wingates
  3. Ashton-under-Lyne
  4. Leyland
  5. Northop
  6. Jaguar Land Rover

Highest 1st Section: Pemberton Old Wigan DW

Highest 2nd Section: Skelmanthorpe Prospect

Highest 3rd Section: Ifton Colliery

Highest 4th Section: Stalybridge Old Band

Highest Youth Section: Mossley Hollins

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Dukinfield

39 Bands (+2):
  1. Rothwell Temperance – £400
  2. Windcorp Brass Band
  3. Ashton-under-Lyne

Highest Placed 2nd Section: Darwen Brass

Highest Placed 3rd Section: Farnworth and Walkden

Highest Placed 4th Section:  Stalybridge Old Band

Highest Placed Local:
  1. Mossley
  2. Marple
  3. Hawk Green (Marple)
Youth:
  1. Macclesfield Youth
  2. Mossley Hollins

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Heyrod

35 Bands (-8):
  1. Yorkshire Imperial Brass Band – £600
  2. Elland Silver Band
  3. Rothwell Temperance
  4. Ashton-under-Lyne
  5. Northop
  6. Rainford

Highest Placed 1st Section: Elland Silver Band

Highest Placed 2nd Section: Darwen Brass

Highest Placed 3rd Section: Farnworth and Walkden

Highest Placed 4th Section: Stalybridge Old Band

Highest Placed Local: Ashton-under-Lyne

Highest Placed Youth: Macclesfield Youth

Cornet: Elland Silver Band

Deportment: Besses O’Th’ Barn

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Hurst Cross

36 Bands (-5):
  1. Foden’s – £300
  2. Ashton-under-Lyne
  3. Leyland
  4. Elland Silver Band
  5. Rothwell Temperance
Highest 1st Section:
  1. Elland Silver Band
  2. Rainford

Highest 2nd Section: Middleton

Highest 3rd Section: Farnworth and Walkden

Highest 4th Section:
  1. Stalybridge Old Band
  2. Blackley
Highest Youth Section:
  1. Mossley Hollins
  2. Deiniolen Youth

Best Local: Ashton-under-Lyne

Best Deportment: Loxley Silver

First Band: St’ John’s Mossley

Last Band: Elland Silver Band

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Stalybridge Labour Club

37 Bands (-9):
  1. Yorkshire Imperial Brass Band – £500
  2. Rothwell Temperance – £250
  3. Leyland – £100

Highest Placed 1st Section: Rainford – £50

Highest Placed 2nd Section: Hoover (Bolton) – £50

Highest Placed 3rd Section: Valley Brass (Haydock) – £50

Highest Placed 4th Section: Blackley – £50

Highest Placed Youth: Macclesfield Youth – £50

Highest Placed Local:
  1. Ashton-under-Lyne – £200
  2. Mossley Band – £100

First band: Belle Vue Brass – £20

Best Deportment: Mossley Band – £20

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Stalybridge Celtic AFC

43 Bands (+2)
  1. Fodens – £400
  2. Ashton-under-Lyne – £200
  3. Leyland – £150

Highest Placed 1st Section: Elland Silver Band – £100

Highest Placed 2nd Section: Skelmanthorpe Prospect – £100

Highest Placed 3rd Section: Hawk Green (Marple) – £75

Highest Placed 4th Section: Stalybridge Old Band – £75

Highest Placed Youth Section:
  1. Hope Band Youth – £100
  2. Macclesfield Youth – £50
Highest Placed Local:
  1. Ashton-under-Lyne – £100
  2. Stalybridge Old Band – £50

Best Cornet: Leyland – £25

First Band: Audley Brass – £25

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Top Mossley

34 Bands (-9):
  1. Fodens – £600
  2. Wingates
  3. Hammonds Saltaire
  4. Leyland

Highest Placed 2nd Section: Darwen Brass

Highest Placed 3rd Section: Valley Brass (Haydock)

Highest Placed 4th Section: Leicester Ambassador

Highest Local:
  1. Ashton-under-Lyne
  2. Mossley Band

Highest Youth: Mossley Hollins

Best Cornet: Ashton-under-Lyne

Best Deportment: Foden’s

First Band: Mossley Band

Highest Placed Band involved in Mossley Whit Walks: Mossley Band

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S.V., 21 May 2015.

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