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Whit Friday 2019 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 Band maintain top spot in Saddleworth

Whereas Foden’s Band continue their stunning run in Tameside, Brighouse and Rastrick Band remain top dog in the Saddleworth contests. This year there was some stiff competition from Oldham Band (Lees).

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Stalybridge Old Band getting ready for their deportment march.

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. Continue reading “Whit Friday 2019 Results: Tameside Contests”

Whit Friday: The Greatest Free Show on Earth

Boarshurst Silver Band Introduces The Whit Friday Challenge

Whit Friday Challenge introduced to ensure future of Saddleworth’s Whit Friday Band Contests

With rising costs, hosting The Greatest Free Show on Earth can be challenging. Each contest is made possible by its volunteers before, during, and after the event – from stewards to display board carriers. It also requires cooperation with local businesses, local authorities, and residents. It is a mammoth task, one that draws visitors from Denshaw to Friezland, and Top Mossley to Denton.

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Whit Friday 2018 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 Band top of the tree 

In the Saddleworth contests, Brighouse and Rastrick Band came up trumps. This year they picked up Best Open prizes in all but three contests throughout the Saddleworth area.

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Whit Friday 2018 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
Once more, The Whit Friday Champions of Tameside: Foden’s Band.

With a soggy start to Whit Friday 2018, you could be forgiven for thinking that 7pm would have been as soggy as 7am in Mossley. During the early stages of this year’s contest there was some slight drizzle. Even so, the liquid sunshine didn’t fail to stop many bands from descending on Tameside’s 11 contest venues.

Foden’s maintain comfortable lead, though a photo finish at the Albion Hotel contest

Like last year, Foden’s Band continued their dominance of the Tameside contest venue. They picked up the top prizes in seven out of eleven venues. Continue reading “Whit Friday 2018 Results: Tameside Contests”

Whit Friday 2017: Dukinfield’s Second Contest

East of the M60’s look at The Albion Hotel’s first ever Whit Friday Brass Band Contest

Fodens Band at The Albion Hotel, Dukinfield
Fifth band in at The Albion Hotel was Foden’s Band, runaway winners of the Tameside Open Championship.

With traffic in and around the Saddleworth villages, some brass bands choose to compete in the Tameside area Whit Friday contests. There is almost an equal number of venues in Tameside to the Saddleworth area’s agglomeration of contests. Whereas Saddleworth’s streets are narrow, this is less so at the Tameside venues. Some have off-street parking for the coaches. Most of them have smaller streets that are close to main roads.

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Whit Friday 2017 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, and Fairey Bands dominant

The Saddleworth contests proved to be a good Whit Friday for the Brighouse and Rastrick, and Fairey bands. If we were allegorical about the Saddleworth villages’ first prize winners, in political terms, a Hung Parliament compared with the Foden’s Band’s landslide victory in Tameside.

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Whit Friday 2017 Results: Tameside Contests

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

Fodens Band at The Albion Hotel, Dukinfield
Runaway Winners of the Tameside Open Championship: Foden’s Band at The Albion Hotel, Dukinfield.

Foden’s landslide continues

In the last two days, there was two things we learned about. Firstly, Theresa May didn’t get the landslide victory she thought she would have got, thanks to a strong showing by Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party. Secondly, the only landslide victory, recorded on our shores, belonged to Foden’s Band. In Tameside, they won nine out of twelve Whit Friday Brass Band Contests. Continue reading “Whit Friday 2017 Results: Tameside Contests”

Tameside: Stand By for Whitsuntide 2017

East of the M60’s preview to this year’s Whit Friday Brass Band Contests in the Tameside area

Hard to believe we are three weeks away from either getting Strong and Stable Government®, or government for many and not the few.

Right, never mind that, it is also three weeks away to The World’s Greatest Free Show on Earth. Ladies and gentlemen, we at East of the M60 mean… Whit Friday. Hence our preview of the contests taking place in the Tameside area. Continue reading “Tameside: Stand By for Whitsuntide 2017”

Whit Friday 2016 Results: Saddleworth Contests

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

Fairey, Hepworth and Brighouse and Rastrick bands take centre stage in the Saddleworth contests

In the Saddleworth Whit Friday band contests, the balance of power has shifted from Queensbury to Brighouse, Hepworth and Stockport. Brighouse and Rastrick Band were top dog at Delph and Denshaw. Fairey won the top prize at the Lydgate, and Scouthead and Austerlands contests. Winning at Diggle and Dobcross, a recently re-energised Hepworth Silver Band.

In Lees and Springhead, the Birmingham Conservatoire band picked up the top prize with Brighouse and Rastrick in second place. Over at the Friezland contest, it was Greenfield which picked up top honours at the contest for lower section bands. They were also the first band to play at the parish hall.

The atrocious weather did nothing to stop the bands descending on the Saddleworth venues. Delph played host to 80 bands; Dobcross saw 70; and Diggle equalled their contest record of 63 bands. There was 48 bands at Friezland, a figure modest for Saddleworth standards, but a fantastic one if held three miles south of the venue.

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