A HUDDERSFIELD brass band which won world status is losing its backer.
Yorkshire Building Society is pulling the plug on its Lindley-based band after 11 years.
Now a search is being launched for a new sponsor.
But whatever the outcome, it seems a move from the town is on the cards.
Under inspirational conductor David King, the band has become one of the most successful in the world.
It is currently holder of the European Championship title - an accolade it has held for six out of the last seven years.
Success also came in the All England Masters championship this year.
Prof King said the last 11 years had been the most illustrious in the band's history.
He said: "This success has been achieved as a result of a unique blend of variables, not least, the unstinting support and sponsorship by the Yorkshire Building Society.
"This organisation has made it possible for us to pursue many of our musical goals. I speak on behalf of all who have been associated with the band in thanking our long-term sponsors for not only their generous sponsorship of the band but also their substantial input into the British brass band movement over the past decade."
From January the band will be know simply as the YBS Band until a new sponsor is found.
A number of major companies are said to be interested in backing the band. The band has two other sections, the YBS concert band and a junior band, both based in Bradford.
The main band could now move out of Lindley to Bradford to join them.
Before the Yorkshire Building Society's support, the band was known as the Hammond Sauce Works Band.
A massive cash injection has been made through the building society's sponsorship in a deal which has paid off handsomely.
The band has won the British Open Championship four times and the All-England Masters crown on three occasions.
Tanya Mills, who handles the building society's banding affairs, said: "Whatever targets have been set for the band, they have been achieved."