TWENTY-six top brass bands have signed up to the Brighouse Festival of Brass.

The annual band contest has reached maximum capacity ahead of the June musical extravaganza.

This year is the 14th March and Hymn Tune Contest which takes place around Thornton Square in Brighouse and attracts crowds of thousands.

The June 30 contest has attracted bands from Youth to Championship Sections.

The action begins at 1pm with bands taking part this year from North, South and West Yorkshire plus strong entries from Lancashire, the Midlands, Cheshire and North Wales.

The brass band contest is organised by the Brighouse Lions, who have secured sponsorship from Geneva Instruments. John Hudson of Geneva will attend to present the latest Symphony Cornet to one lucky band.

Speaking on behalf of the Lions, David Horsfield said the support from this progressive company is “much appreciated and this will enhance the Festival, which has become one of the most popular events of its kind”.

Adjudicators for the contest have also been announced as Alan Morrison (Leeds), Jappie Dijkstra (Holland) and Dennis Wilby (East Sussex). The Master of Ceremonies is Fred Etherington (Sheffield).

Brighouse Lions have also been supported by

Kershaws Garden Centre, Blakeley’s Takeaway & Fish Restaurant, Websters Insurance Brokers, Blakeley’s Coffee House, Kirklees Music.Wetherspoons, Weyland and Yvonne Roberts and Brigitte Matthews.

The evening before the contest a Gala Contest takes place with the popular Boobs and Brass.

No stranger to brass followers in West Yorkshire, the band featured with Brighouse and Rastrick in their Massed Band concert a few years ago in Huddersfield Town Hall.

The band have already raised thousands of pounds for the breast cancer charity, which they support, and this compliments the Brighouse Lions charity event.

It takes place at Brighouse’s Central Methodist Church at 7.30pm.

Guest Conductor will be Dennis Wilby.

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