Whit Friday hits right notes in Denton

DENTON Cricket Club’s Whit Friday brass band contest hit all the right notes.

Thirty-seven bands headed for the Egerton Street venue for the seven years of the event.

In the open section, the top prize of £250 went to Northop Silver with Elland Silver second and Ratby Co-op third.

There were 55 bands appearing on the Tameside circuit, making it the biggest turnout for some years which delighted the contest organisers.

Also enjoying the night was Ashton MP Angela Rayner and the newly elected Civic Mayor Cllr Leigh Drennan and his consort Cory James.

The overall winner of the Tameside contests were the juggernaut that is Foden’s Band, who claimed the title for the 18th time in the last 19 years.

Foden’s secured victories at Broadoak, Droylsden, Tame Valley and Mossley, together with the quartet of contests in Stalybridge at the Labour and football clubs, Carrbrook and Heyrod.

With a runners-up spot at Hurst Cross to help secure the £2,000 overall prize-pot award, they even had time to nip into Saddleworth and grab a brace of podium places at Diggle and Uppermill.

The tiniest chink in their armour came with a fourth-place finish at Dukinfield, although they ended the night with their coffers boosted by more than £7,100.

Tameside results

1. Foden’s £2,000
2. Rothwell
Temperance £1,000
3. Elland Silver £750
4. Hammonds
5. Northop Silver
6. Ratby Co-op

Local Championship
1. Ashton-under-Lyne £750
2. Mossley £600
3. Stalybridge Old £400

Denton (37 Bands)
Adjudicator: Mike Lyons
1. Northop Silver £250
2. Elland Silver £150
3. Ratby Co-op £100

Highest first section:
1. Mossley £100

Highest second section:
1. Besses O’ Th’ Barn £80

Highest third section:
1. Stalybridge Old £80
2. Darwen Brass £30

Highest fourth section:
1. Arnfield Brass £50
2. Rode Hall Silver £30

Highest placed junior:
1. Mossley Hollins
School £60
2. Macclesfield Youth £30

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