Brassband Rejkjavikur on the Uppermill Whit Walks

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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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”

High Command to the Black Knight: Stalybridge Labour Club, Whit Friday 2014

A road report from the 2014 Whit Friday Brass Band Contest at Stalybridge Labour Club, Acres Lane.

Constantijn Huygens Brass Band, Stalybridge Labour Club
Sixth band of the night at Stalybridge Labour Club: Constantijn Huygens (The Netherlands).

I made a tough decision this Whit Friday. Instead of going to Greenfield, I elected to stay at Stalybridge Labour Club and see out the contest there. There was a multitude of factors that influenced my decision. One was avoiding the once yearly train travellers often seen in a state of inebriation waiting for the 2326 to Stalybridge and Manchester Victoria. Another was the lure of five real ales. Continue reading “High Command to the Black Knight: Stalybridge Labour Club, Whit Friday 2014”

In Pictures: Whit Friday 2013

From Mossley to Uppermill and Greenfield, The Greatest Free Show on Earth in pictorial form

Through rain, Arctic winds and – on Friday night – in a big coat, East of the M60 celebrated Whit Friday in style. Several pints (well, 4.5 of them), a Pork Pie, two semi-rushed ham salad muffins, and a portion of Special Fried Rice with chips and curry later, here’s  the results… Continue reading “In Pictures: Whit Friday 2013”