IT has taken a century to achieve.
But a Huddersfield orchestra has finally been reunited with a little piece of its musical history.
Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra of 2013 has been given the medal their predecessors won at a prestigious music festival over 100 years ago.
The 1912 medal was discovered at a car boot sale in Gloucester.
Now it has pride of place in the orchestra’s memorabilia – along with a medal won a year later, in 1913.
Famous conductor Arthur Armitage had led the Slaithwaite Philharmonic to successive triumphs in the Blackpool Musical Festival.
In what was almost the X-Factor of its day, the Blackpool festival attracted the cream of orchestras from across the UK.
In those distant days orchestras contested musically, in exactly the same way brass bands do now.
There was also a generous cash prize, worth a four-figure sum in today’s money, as well as an attractive certificate recording the success, so winning was a matter of considerable importance and not just a matter of pride.
The Slaithwaite orchestra still had the certificates but had no trace of the medal presented in 1912.
Their 1913 medal, along with other memorabilia, had gone on show in a display mounted by Kirklees Museums and Galleries in their Cabinets of Curiosities project.
During its long history, the orchestra had collected a lot of memorabilia, so the display included old concert programmes, photos, conductor’s batons, a US flag donated by the Pittsburgh Orchestra and an original cash book with its beautiful copperplate handwriting.
Pride of place, however, was the handsome inscribed medal presented to Arthur Armitage, conductor at the time, at the 1913 Blackpool Musical Festival.
You can imagine the surprise when Slaithwaite secretary Chris Woodhead received a phone call from Duncan Westerman, conductor of Cheltenham Philharmonic Orchestra, saying that he had been given the missing 1912 medal by a man who had chanced upon it in a car boot sale.
The man gave it to Mr Westerman who in turn searched for Slaithwaite and sent the medal to the orchestra.
It was in 1891 that amateur musicians in Slaithwaite formed a "Philharmonic Band"
The story of the band
Now 80-strong the orchestra plays several concerts a year, mainly at Huddersfield Town Hall
Their most famous conductor was Adrian Smith, who held the baton for 32 years. he died in 2005
The orchestra’s next concert is on January 19 at the Town Hall with a performance of Shostakovich’s 4th.
The 1912 medals has now been cleaned up and is finally reunited with its 100-year-old 'twin'.