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Whit Friday Best of Brass contests
Thursday 5th June 2014 @ 11:05 by Nigel Skinner
Community Entertainment News

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It’s Whit Friday on June 13, and once again Tameside will be hosting the ever-popular brass band contests which are often billed as the
greatest free show on earth.

The tradition dates back to the late 19th century, and this year the borough is hosting 11 events, all organised by volunteer committees under the aegis of the Tameside Friends of Whit Friday. Around 90 bands are expected to compete.

To have a chance of being crowned champions, bands have to perform at six of the contests. As well as demanding proof of musical prowess, the evening also tests discipline, stamina and organisational skills.

Cllr Jackie Lane, Tameside Council’s assistant executive member for culture, said: “The Whit Friday band contests are one of the things that give Tameside its individuality.

“They comprise a unique cultural spectacle which is well worth visiting whether you live in the borough or are just visiting the area.”

The June 13 Whit Friday band contests are:

Audenshaw: Aldwinians RUFC, Droylsden Road, Audenshaw, M34 5SN – 4-10.30pm.

Broadoak: Broadoak Hotel, Broadoak Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 8QD – 4.30-11.30pm.

Carrbrook: Carr Rise, Carrbrook, Stalybridge, SK15 3NY – 4.30-10.30pm.

Denton: Denton Cricket Club, Egerton Street, Denton, M34 3PB – 4-11.15pm.

Droylsden: Bush Inn, Moorside Street, Droylsden, M43 7HL – 4.30-11pm.

Dukinfield: Tame Valley Hotel, Park Road, Dukinfield, SK16 5LX – 4.30-11pm.

Heyrod: John Street, Heyrod, Stalybridge, SK15 3BW – 4.30-10.30pm.

Hurst Village: Ashton United FC, Surrey Street, Hurst Cross, OL6 8DY – 4.30-10.15pm.

Stalybridge, Stalybridge Labour Club, Acres Lane, Stalybridge, SK15 2JR – 4.30-10.30pm.

Stalybridge Celtic: Stalybridge Celtic FC,
Bower Fold, Mottram Road, Stalybridge, SK15 2RT – 4.30-11pm.

Upper Mossley: Mountain Street, Mossley, OL5 0ES – 4.30-10pm.

For more information, visit the Tameside Brass Band website.