A COUPLE of Huddersfield`s bands — Marsden Silver (Ossett Brewery) and Skelmanthorpe — have seen a nice increase this week in their respective bank balances, while Hade Edge (J & E Dickinson), although not returning home from North Wales with a fat cheque, did have the satisfaction of picking up something towards the weekend’s expenses.
They were among the 75 bands competing in the Pontin`s Brass Band Championships staged in the North Wales resort of Prestatyn. The championships, first presented in 1973, have never attracted any great number of bands from the Huddersfield area. Half-a-dozen entered this year`s five-section event, with those not hitting the prize money being Lindley (Neil Jowett, Mortimer Challenge), Grange Moor (Michael Howley, Section 1) and Emley (Gary Hallas, Section 3).
Points are not awarded in the championships and so it is not possible to judge how close runners-up Marsden Silver came to pipping Powerfuel Hatfield Colliery to first place in the premier contest, the Harry and Margaret Mortimer Challenge. Nevertheless Marsden, conducted by Glyn Williams (pictured), picked up a cheque for £1,300. The band’s principal cornet, Jason Evans, was awarded the Arthur Bedwell Memorial Trophy. The set test was Partita (Philip Sparke) and the adjudicators were Geoffrey Whitham and Robert Wiffin.
Skelmanthorpe, under the direction of John Roberts, came out tops in Section 1, returning home with a cheque for £1,750, while fourth-placed Hade Edge (J & E Dickinson), conducted by Simon Wood, collected £450. Here the set test was Sinfonietta for Brass Band (James Curnow) with the adjudicatiors being Stan Lippeatt and Kevin Wadsworth.
Other section winners were Wakefield Metropolitan, conducted by Norman Law, of Huddersfield, in Section 2, Flixton in Section 3 and Uppermill in Section 4. There was a total of 11 withdrawals over the weekend.
l IT’S the Brass in Concert Championship in The Sage, Gateshead, one week on Sunday (November 18), when Brighouse and Rastrick will be defending their title. With Sellers International Band having pulled out owing to the decision to wind up the band in January, into the high-profile line-up comes Hepworth (Cookson Homes) who competed in 2005. Other news about Brass in Concert is that Grimethorpe Colliery, winners of the popular event on many occasions, will be conducted by Phillip McCann.