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Thornton-Cleveleys Brass Band, 02 February 2020: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

A neat concert with a good mix of old favourites and modern classics

Over the last week, the village of Thornton and its neighbouring town has been in the news. That being the small matter of a railway line which saw its last passengers in 1970 and its last freight train in 1999. If successful, trains could return to Fleetwood town centre for the first time since 1966.

Back in 1966, a band that was formed in the wake of Thornton-Cleveleys Silver Band’s demise had begun to find its feet. They had had entered the Golborne Contest the previous year in the Section C and Section D competitions. By 1999, when the last trains ran to Burn Naze ICI works, Thornton-Cleveleys Brass Band started picking up respectable results in the NWABBA contests. Two years later, they would become a Third Section band.

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Thornton Cleveleys Brass Band, 03 March 2019: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Well thought out programme by Stephen Craig and Co. makes for well received concert

There are very few brass bands that could almost claim to return home with a trophy and another brass band from the Fylde peninsula. Give or take another week, Boarshurst Silver Band pulled that off. Seriously though, through happy accident, the next band after the North West Regional Championship Finals was Thornton Cleveleys Brass Band.

During their two-hour long set, Thornton Cleveleys Brass Band gave us all a well-rounded programme. As conductor Stephen Craig said near the close of the concert, “something for everyone”.

Formed in 1962 in the wake of Thornton Cleveleys Silver Band’s demise, it has links with Derek Broadbent and his one time instructor and founder Tom Birch. Tom was previously an instructor at The Kneller Hall Royal Military School, whose other alumnae included last night’s conductor Stephen Craig.

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