IT was a close call but the junior section of the Elland-based Anchormen took the British Junior Winterguard Championship by just three tenths of a point.
In a nail bitingly close finish, the title was clinched at Brentwood Leisure Centre in Essex.
The youngsters, who perform routines to music, were placed first after competitions held throughout the UK. Their joint first place in a tough regional round in Sheffield last month guaranteed that the final would be tense. And it was.
The juniors’ show was based on the sales floor of a top fashion house and cleverly designed show was applauded by judges and spectators alike.
The juniors were not the only success story of the Anchormen’s day. The Anchormen Cadets, girls aged between six and eight, were fifth in this, their first year in competition.
The group’s percussion ensemble finished fourth in the national indoor percussion championships which were held in the same venue.
The instructors for the Winterguard teams were Suzanne Jordon and Julie Barraclough. The junior and cadet sections’ shows were written by Tony Lees who had a double success when he competed with the Sheffield-based Northern Academy open class who won the Open Class national title.
Steve and Gill Harrison were the instructors for the percussion ensemble.
“While it was very rewarding to come away with the British Junior Championship, the fact that we had a team in the cadet class and the indoor percussion class showed that the organisation is going from strength to strength,” said the Guard and Percussion Director Tony Abbott.
The new season for the Anchormen begins on April 21 at the Savage Centre in Elland and new members are welcome.