MELTHAM and Meltham Mills Band have developed something of a bad habit.
Competing yesterday in the 19th Pogson-Bray brass band contest the band were drawn to play No. 1 for the sixth time.
But that disappointment was forgotten when the band, conducted by Stuart Fawcett, picked up two first prizes.
Just a few weeks ago when the band competed in the Yorkshire Championships, Meltham was again drawn to play first - and it was the fifth time that had happened in that particular regional championship.
Musical director Stuart Fawcett said: "It's uncanny that we have now played No. 1 so many times.
"It must be something of a record, but on a far happier note is the fact that I have now won this particular Pogson-Bray trophy seven times, six times with Skelmanthorpe Band and now with Meltham."
The band competed in the "A" Section and won both the own choice hymn tune and the own choice test-piece.
Other Huddersfield bands also tasted success with Sellers International Youth taking the top award in Section C and Slaithwaite coming first in Section B.
Stephen Tighe was the adjudicator and these were his placings:
Section A: 1 Meltham and Meltham Mills (S Fawcett) 190, 2 Strata Brass (D Hirst) 186 (only two bands entered). Hymn tune: Meltham and Meltham Mills. Section B: 1 Slaithwaite (B Hudson) 185, 2 Emley Brass (G Howarth) 182, 3 Linthwaite (Dr O. Wedgewood) 180. Hymn tune: Innovate Skelmanthorpe "B" (N Kerr). Section C: 1 Sellers International Youth (M Bousie) 177, 2 Horbury Victoria Youth (T Greatorex) 176, 3 Fred Longworth Community Band (M Wilson) 170. Hymn tune: Horbury Victoria Youth.
Speaking after the contest Stuart Fawcett said he was disappointed that only two bands had competed in his class.
The contest was held for the first time in the Whitcliffe Mount High School, Cleckheaton. Alan Kaye, contest secretary, said it had become too expensive to stage the contest in Huddersfield Town Hall, while alterations in Cleckheaton and Dewsbury town halls had made those venues unsuitable for staging a brass band contest.