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Brighouse was in fine tune at the weekend as some of the country’s best brass bands marched through the streets.

And the Brighouse Festival of Brass attracted record crowds as it was staged for a 15th year.

It was also a great weekend for Marsden Silver Band, as they successfully defended the title they had won 12 months earlier, as well as picking up awards for best soprano cornet, best bass section and best hymn tune.

David Horsfield, a spokesman for the organisers, said: “It was another great day.

“There was a massive crowd to witness non-stop music for six hours and there was some stunning playing”.

 

A total of 26 bands marched along Bethel Street to perform a hymn tune and contest march in Thornton Square, after the even was opened by the Mayor of Calderdale, Clr Pat Allen

The bands’ efforts were judged by adjudicators Pascal Eicher, from Switzerland, and Chris Jeans, from Leicester.

While the results were being collated the crowds were entertained by Clifton and Lightcliffe Band.

Members performed music with a French theme to celebrate the upcoming Le Grand Depart.

The day prior to the event, Central Methodist Church hosted a gala concert by the all-ladies band Boobs & Brass, led by Stan Lippeatt.

Results included: 1 Marsden Silver Band, 2 Yorkshire Imperial Band, 3 Skelmanthorpe Band, 4 Northop Silver Band, 5 Elland Silver Band, 6 Drighlington Band.

Glynn Williams was the winning conductor.

Elland Silver Youth Band was the best youth band with Northop as runners-up.

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