A TOWN was in fine tune as 26 of the region’s top bands marched through the streets.
The 13th Brighouse Lions Festival of Brass took place with bands from Huddersfield, Calderdale and further afield on parade through the town centre.
And the musicians in the Brighouse Lions March and Hymn Tune Contest were cheered on by more than 1,000 people who camped out on deck chairs to get a prime spot of the musical entertainment at Thornton Square yesterday.
Among them was brass band fan Annie Smith, 72, of Brighouse, who said: “I don’t think I’ve missed a single contest so far – I used to go over to Saddleworth and watch the band contest there so was pleased when it came here.
“It’s a great day out, brass band music is under appreciated, I only wish I could play an instrument myself.”
The Harper family of Fixby made a day out of the band contest, with Ian, his wife Shelley, and two children Isabelle, nine, and Dexter, six, enjoying the music.
Ian said: “The kids seem to be enjoying it and have been clapping along to the music.
“We only came into Brighouse last week for the Olympic torch relay and heard this was on, the town seems to put on some good shows and it’s cheaper to park here than in Huddersfield.”
One of the Lions co-ordinators, Pamela Lumb, said the crowds grew throughout the day.
“It’s always a good show and as each band arrives so do their supporters and the crowd grows.”
Graham Horsfield, of Clifton and Lightcliffe Brass Band, added: “There are eight championship sections and the quality and standard is high this year.”
David Horsfield, one of the organisers, said: “Brass music is part of our heritage, we were setting up at 10.30am and there were people ready to put their chairs out for the day, it’s always been popular.
“I think because we have non-stop music it keeps people here enjoying the whole day and they appreciate the continuous music.”
Among the notable winners were the Sellers International Youth Band, who won the top youth prize.
Elland Youth came second.
Jamie Smith, of Huddersfield, was named best solo cornet player for youth and overall.
Ben Walker, aged nine, was the youngest musician to perform on the day.
Marsden Silver came overall first, Hammonds Saltaire was second and Skelmanthorpe came third.
Dridlington were top of section one, Lindley Band came top of section two and Boarshurst Silver were top of section three. Dobcross Youth were fourth and the trophy for the best unregistered band when to Thurlstone, Penistone.
The best in hymn tune section four was Clifton and Lightcliffe B Band.
Saturday night saw a sell-out concert at Brighouse Civic Hall, which was part of the festival.
The event was supported by Kershaw’s Garden Centre, Yamaha-Kemble Music, Kirklees Music Brighouse, Websters Insurance Brokers and Blackley’s.