Reporter and Chronicle Newspapers celebrate 161st birthday
Thursday 14th April 2016 @ 12:02 by Adam Higgins

Reporter and Chronicle Newspapers officially celebrate their birthday today.

For on this very date in 1855, the very first edition of the Reporter series rolled off the presses.

Today marks not just our 161st birthday, but draws to a close a landmark year as your community papers celebrate a full 160th year in print. To mark this unique ‘double’ and as a fitting finale, The Reporter and Chronicle has teamed up with Tameside Brass Band Association to throw a very special party – to which you are all invited.

For this Saturday at noon, representatives from the Tameside Brass Banding community will strike up some celebratory tunes – including playing happy birthday – in Stalybridge town centre outside Wetherspoons.

The players will perform for around 20 minutes for the ‘Tameside Reporter Birthday Brass Band Bash’ playing to members of the public and special guests, before some short speeches of thanks, plus of course the cutting of a celebratory cake.

Tameside Radio will be there to record the landmark event too.

This amazing ‘one-off’ occasion has been very kindly organised by Tameside Brass Band Association, together with partners Tameside Council, Stalybridge Together, Stalybridge Wetherspoons and Cakes by Nicola – to whom we are very grateful.

The Tameside Brass Band Association was set up in 2014 to promote the brass and military bands in the borough. We are privileged to have so many bands in the area, but not everyone realises how many there are.

The aim of the Tameside Brass Band Association is to help bands in the area grow and develop and bring even more brass music to the community.

The association hopes to encourage more players to join the bands and improve existing communication between the local bands by providing a platform for them.

To get you in the party mood and ready for the Brass Band Birthday Bash – here are 100 fascinating facts about our local brass bands, kindly compiled by Vicky Williamson from Tameside Brass Band Association, supported by Tameside Council Cultural Services. We also take a look back at the history of brass banding.