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Brass bands prepare for Dales competition
ONE of the country’s longest-running brass band festivals set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales will also mark the tenth year of a local brass band after it was re-established.
The Hardraw Scar Brass Band Festival, on Sunday, September 8, is now in its 132nd year and stands as the second oldest festival of its kind in Britain after the National Championship.
The event will see the 10th anniversary of Leyburn Brass Band re-forming - a band that has competed at the festival each year since then.
The festival is held behind the Green Dragon Inn and organised by the Yorkshire and Humberside Brass Band Association.
Gerald Hodgson from YHBBA said the event once attracted thousands of visitors.
In 1989 it was taken on by Yorkshire and Humber Brass Band Association who brought it back to the successful event it is today.
The brass bands that will compete for the top spot on the day are Barnoldswick, Beverley, Cockerton (Darlington), Hade Edge (Holmfirth), Harrogate, Knaresborough, Leyburn, Murton (near the coast of County Durham), Otley, Shepherds Group Concert Brass (York), Stacksteads (Oldham), Swinstead and District Excelsior (Malton) and Wetherby.
Each band will play its own choice of a 20-minute programme of light and popular music which must include a march and a hymn tune.
The day concludes with a Massed Bands Finale, after which the adjudicator will announce the trophy winners.
The festival will take place in Sunday, September 8, starting at 10am. Admission by ticket at the door will be £9 for adults and £5 for children.
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