Slaithwaite Brass Band turned out to be one of the biggest winners in last year’s Examiner Wish campaign.

The Ing Head Road based band came fifth on the leaderboard, collecting far more tokens than many of the larger charities and groups.

In all they saved 17,688 tokens, winning £419.43 of the £25,000 cash pot.

Band manager Andrew Booth said they had been pleasantly surprised at the amount of support they received.

“There were no special tactics,” he said. “We just did it through family, friends and supporters of the band.

“It was just about getting the word out there that we were collecting.”

Andrew said with instruments costing thousands of pounds they had put the cash towards some new music, competition fees and upgrading parts of their band room.

The thriving second section band, which has been making music in the Colne Valley since 1892, recently won their section at the Holmfirth Brass Band competition.

They perform at many concerts, events and contests throughout the year and can be hired to play at events of all sizes, from small groups to full band.

They have two big events planned in the next few weeks – a nostalgia weekend on September 7-8 and their annual Last Night of the Proms concert at Slaithwaite church on September 13.

They practice at their purpose-built bandroom, which features a bar, on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8pm until 10pm.

The band currently has vacancies for two cornet player and two tuba players.

New players and visitors are always welcome to contact them or just drop in.

Players need some experience but can be any age from about 12 to 70.

Telephone Andrew Booth on 01484 845980 or email abooth26@hotmail.co.uk

Web: www.slaithwaiteband.co.uk