Whit Friday 2019 Results: Tameside Contests

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

Foden's Band, Whit Friday 2018 Brass Band Contest, Albion Hotel, Dukinfield
Yes, this is the same image as last year’s entry, but they did win the Tameside Whit Friday Championships again. Foden’s Band seen at the Albion Hotel contest in 2018.

The showery weather threatened to spoil Whit Friday 2019, but it was a case of ‘business as usual’ for Tameside’s Whit Friday contests. Both Dukinfield contests had the highest number of bands with 48 at Tame Valley and 44 at the Albion Hotel.

The Top Mossley contest’s move to Seel Park proved to be a good move. Over a thousand people descended on Mossley A.F.C’s ground. Just in time for The Greatest Free Show on Earth, Donkeystone Brewing Company launched a special house beer for the Lilywhites. Could this masterstroke help to boost Mossley A.F.C’s home attendances which have eaten into gates at Bower Fold and Ewen Fields?

18 in a row for Foden’s Band

Like last year, Foden’s Band continued their dominance of the Tameside contest venues. They picked up the top prizes in eight out of eleven venues.

At the Dukinfield (Albion Hotel) contest, they finished fourth behind Wingates Band (3rd) and Elland Silver Band (2nd). Rothwell Temperance Band took the top prize. At Hurst Cross they finished second to Rothwell Temperance Band. In the Denton contest, outside the top three: Northop Silver came up trumps at the cricket club.

Stalybridge Old Band, after fighting for their existence last autumn, picked up five prizes. Three Third Section and two Local prizes (2nd at Broadoak, 3rd at the Albion Hotel) made for a good first Whit Friday as Musical Director for James Atkins. Hoover Bolton picked up three highest placed Third Section prizes, won at the Top Mossley, Tame Valley, and Broadoak contests. Just as likely to stick in the mind of Hoover Bolton band and their spectators was the band’s deportment march. It was Baby Shark, complete with two youngsters wearing shark costumes.

Ashton-under-Lyne Brass Band continued to dominate the Best Local prizes. They picked up Best Local prizes at eight contests. There was no Best Local prize at Broadoak as Phil Chalk’s band came fourth in the main prizes. Mossley Band were runners-up to Ashton-under-Lyne Brass Band at the Albion Hotel contest but beaten them at the Tame Valley contest. They also mustered a few First Section prizes, winning the best First Section band prizes at Droylsden and Denton contests. They came second at Hurst Cross to Eccles Borough Band.

Arnfield Brass won three best Fourth Section prizes at Denton, Droylsden, and Stalybridge Labour Club. At the last aforementioned venue they picked up the Deportment prize. For them, it was their best ever Whit Friday performance. At Top Mossley, that prize was won by St. John’s (Mossley) Band. They came second to Stacksteads Band at Hurst Cross for the Highest Fourth Section prize.

It was a pretty good Whit Friday for Mossley Hollins School band. For the school’s fiftieth year they came away with Best Youth Band prizes at Dukinfield (Albion Hotel), Denton, Hurst Cross, Stalybridge Labour Club and Top Mossley contests. They came second to Macclesfield Youth Band at Heyrod and third in the Best Local Band category at Dukinfield (Tame Valley). At Carrbrook they were runners-up in the Best Youth category behind HD9 Youth.

At most of the Tameside contests, there has been a dramatic increase in entries on last year. Hurst Cross went from 29 bands last year to 41 this year. With the Tour of Tameside throwing a curveball, you could be forgiven for thinking that Huddersfield Road would have been rammed. In truth, due to the Saddleworth contests being victims of their own success, some brass bands have considered the Tameside circuit as a more viable option. Especially as the amount of time spent waiting on coaches means money for the band.

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The Results:

As with last year, no contest at Aldwinians’ ground in Audenshaw. The Albion Hotel contest has gone up in leaps and bounds; 44 bands this year – six up on last year and above average for this year’s Tameside contests. Once more, the Tame Valley contest had the most bands: 48 this year – and another six on last year’s figures like its peers at the Albion Hotel.

Changeable was a suitable adjective for this year’s Whit Friday weather. It was slightly warmer than last year with the thermometer stubbornly hovering around 15ºC. Throughout the day, sporadic showers, which thankfully made a cameo appearance on contest night.

Audenshaw

No Contest.

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Broadoak

40 Bands (+11):
  1. Foden’s Band
  2. Rothwell Temperance Band
  3. Hammonds Band
  4. Ashton-under-Lyne Band

Highest 2nd Section: Meltham and Meltham Mills Band

Highest 3rd Section: Hoover (Bolton) Band

Highest 4th Section: Stacksteads Band

Highest Local:
  1. Mossley Band
  2. Stalybridge Old Band
Highest Placed Junior:
  1. Macclesfield Youth Band
  2. Hattersley Brass Band

First Band to Play: Rode Hall Silver Band

Deportment Prize: TBC at present

Junior Deportment: TBC at present

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Carrbrook

37 Bands (+3):
  1. Foden’s Band
  2. Northop Silver Band

Highest 2nd Section: The Marple Band

Highest 3rd Section: Valley Brass

Highest 4th Section: Skeie Brass (Norway)

Highest Local: Ashton-under-Lyne Band

Highest Youth:
  1. HD9 Youth Band
  2. Mossley Hollins School Band

Deportment: Macclesfield Youth Band

First to play: Long Eaton Silver Band

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Denton

37 Bands (+1):
  1. Northop Silver Band
  2. Elland Silver Band
  3. Ratby Cooperative Band

Highest 1st Section: Mossley Band

Highest 2nd Section: Besses O’Th’ Barn Band

Highest 3rd Section: 
  1. Stalybridge Old Band
  2. Darwen Band
Highest 4th Section:
  1. Arnfield Brass
  2. Rode Hall Silver Band
Highest Placed Junior:
  1. Mossley Hollins School Band
  2. Macclesfield Youth Band

Best Local: Ashton-under-Lyne Band

Best Cornet: Elland Silver Band (Lewis Barton)

Best Trombone Section: Ratby Cooperative Band

Best Junior Cornet: Macclesfield Youth Band

Best 4th Section Basses: Rode Hall Silver Band

Best Deportment: Ashton-under-Lyne Band

Prize Draw: Cadishead Public Band

First Band to Play: Rong Brass (Norway)

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Droylsden:

33 Bands (+3)
  1. Foden’s Band
  2. Rothwell Temperance Band
  3. Ratby Cooperative Band
  4. Elland Silver Band
  5. Ashton-under-Lyne Band
  6. Hammonds Band
  7. Wingates Band
Highest 1st Section:
  1. Mossley Band
  2. Silk Brass
Highest 2nd Section:
  1. Meltham and Meltham Mills Band
  2. Hazel Grove Band

Highest 3rd Section: Stalybridge Old Band

Highest 4th Section: Arnfield Brass

Highest Youth Section: Macclesfield Youth Band

First Band to Play: Rode Hall Silver Band

Steward’s Prize: St. John’s Castle (Droylsden) Band

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Dukinfield (Tame Valley)

48 Bands (+6):
  1. Foden’s Band
  2. Rothwell Temperance Band
  3. Hammonds Band

Highest Placed 1st Section: Middleton Band

Highest Placed 2nd Section: The Marple Band

Highest Placed 3rd Section: Hoover (Bolton) Band

Highest Placed 4th Section: Stacksteads Band

Highest Placed Local:
  1. Mossley Band
  2. Ashton-under-Lyne Band
  3. Mossley Hollins School Band
Youth:
  1. HD9 Youth Band
  2. Hattersley Brass Band

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Dukinfield (Albion Hotel)

44 Bands (+6):
  1. Rothwell Temperance Band
  2. Elland Silver Band
  3. Wingates Band
  4. Foden’s Band

Highest Placed 1st Section band not in main prizes: Eccles Borough Band

Highest Placed 2nd Section band not in main prizes: Besses O’Th’ Barn Band

Highest Placed 3rd Section band not in main prizes: Darwen Band

Highest Placed 4th Section band not in main prizes: Stacksteads Band

Highest Placed Local bands:
  1. Ashton-under-Lyne Band
  2. Mossley Band
  3. Stalybridge Old Band
Youth:
  1. Mossley Hollins Band
  2. Macclesfield Youth Band

Best Deportment: Rong Brass (Norway)

Best Youth Deportment: Hattersley Brass Band

First band: Leicester Ambassador Band

Last band: Poulton-le-Fylde Band

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Heyrod

31 Bands (-6):
  1. Foden’s Band
  2. Rothwell Temperance Band
  3. Hammonds Band

Highest Placed 1st Section: Eccles Borough Band

Highest Placed 2nd Section: The Marple Band

Highest Placed 3rd Section: Valley Brass

Highest Placed 4th Section: Skeie Brass (Norway)

Highest Placed Local: Ashton-under-Lyne Band

Highest Placed Youth:
  1. Macclesfield Youth Band
  2. Mossley Hollins School Band

Best Cornet: Rothwell Temperance Band

Best Deportment: Silk Brass

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Hurst Cross

41 Bands (+12):
  1. Rothwell Temperance Band
  2. Foden’s Band
  3. Elland Silver Band
Highest 1st Section:
  1. Eccles Borough Band
  2. Mossley Band

Highest 2nd Section: Bollington Brass

Highest 3rd Section: Stalybridge Old Band

Highest 4th Section:
  1. Stacksteads Band
  2. St. John’s (Mossley) Band
Highest Youth Section: 
  1. Mossley Hollins School Band
  2. Macclesfield Youth Band

Best Local: Ashton-under-Lyne

Best Deportment: Macclesfield Youth Band

First Band: St. John’s (Mossley) Band

Last Band: Northop Silver Band

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Stalybridge Labour Club

39 Bands (+4):
  1. Foden’s Band
  2. Wingates Band
  3. Northop Silver Band

Highest Placed 1st Section: Rong Brass (Norway)

Highest Placed 2nd Section: Slaithwaite Band

Highest Placed 3rd Section: Valley Brass

Highest Placed 4th Section: Arnfield Brass

Highest Placed Youth: 
  1. Mossley Hollins School Band
  2. Hattersley Brass Band
Highest Placed Local:
  1. Ashton-under-Lyne Band
  2. Mossley Band

First band: Long Eaton Silver Band

Best Deportment: Arnfield Brass

Junior Deportment: Mossley Hollins School Band

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Stalybridge Celtic AFC

41 Bands (+4)
  1. Foden’s Band
  2. Rothwell Temperance Band
  3. Elland Silver Band

Highest Placed 1st Section: Silk Brass

Highest Placed 2nd Section: Hazel Grove Band

Highest Placed 3rd Section: Darwen Band

Highest Placed 4th Section: Rode Hall Silver Band

Highest Placed Youth Section:
  1. Macclesfield Youth Band
  2. Hattersley Brass Band
Highest Placed Local:
  1. Ashton-under-Lyne Band
  2. Mossley Band

Best Cornet: Foden’s Band

First Band: Hattersley Brass Band

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Top Mossley

31 Bands (-5) – change of venue to Seel Park, Mossley A.F.C:
  1. Foden’s Band
  2. Hammonds Band
  3. Northop Silver Band

Highest Placed 2nd Section: Besses Boys Band

Highest Placed 3rd Section: Hoover (Bolton) Band

Highest Placed 4th Section: St. John’s (Mossley) Band

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

Highest Youth: Mossley Hollins School Band

Best Cornet: Middleton Band

Best Deportment: Bollington Brass

Best Junior Deportment: Macclesfield Youth Band

First Band: Greenfield Band

Rong Brass on their deportment march.
Deportment march winners: Rong Brass at the Dukinfield (Albion Hotel) contest on Birch Lane.

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Due to a pending investigation by the AoBBA, these results may be subject to change.

S.V., 19 June 2019.

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