HUNDREDS of musicians will take part in the Whit Friday Brass Band Contest at Stalybridge Labour Club tonight (Friday 28 May, 2010).
The club is one of 11 venues hosting contests across Tameside – bringing in brass bands from near and far who try to compete as many times as possible at different venues throughout the evening.
Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds believes the contest is one of the area’s important traditions.
And welcoming visitors to the Stalybridge Labour Club in the contest programme, he writes: “We are lucky to have some of the best brass bands in the country on our doorstep. And this evening they will be battling hard to be named as the Tameside Whit Friday Champions 2010. “The competition - held in pubs, clubs and other venues in the area - has become one of the highlights of the brass band calendar for the most dedicated of enthusiasts. “And each short performance - the culmination of hours of hard work and practice - is a great display of what can be achieved when people work together. “The traditional Whit Friday Contests make our communities magnets for hundreds of musicians and spectators alike. And for more than 100 years, they have offered generations of excited young children their first experience of live music. “Rooted in our history and reflecting our local identity, every year these contests bring our communities a little closer together. And my only hope is that it is an occasion that will be enjoyed for many years to come. “I am delighted to be able to welcome you to this year's competition at Stalybridge Labour Club tonight. “And whether you are competing or listening, I hope you have a great night!”
The contest will begin at Stalybridge Labour Club at 4pm – and is expected to continue until 11.15pm.
Other venues include Carr Rise, Carrbrook, Stalybridge; John Street, Wakefield Road, Heyrod; Stalybridge Celtic Football Club, Bower Fold; and Mountain Street, Mossley.
Published Friday 28 May, 2010