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Monday, 20 June 2011

Whit Friday Band Contests

Whit Friday is a bit special in this part of the world. Many of you have probably never heard of Whit Friday but in the areas around Saddleworth and Mossley it is one of the highlights of the year! Traditionally for many people it is a day off work. In the morning, the churches of the area hold services of witness and then parade through the streets accompanied by brass bands. This is still an important event in Mossley although it is even more spectacular in nearby Saddleworth.

Then, in the evening, hundreds of brass bands from around the country, along with some from overseas, tour round as many of the band contests in the area as they can manage. There are a number of contests throughout Tameside, including at The Broadoak Hotel and at Hurst Cross in Ashton, and in Mossley, as shown in these photos. There are even more contests in the various villages of Saddleworth. Some people like the crowds in the popular venues, such as Uppermill and Delph, while others prefer the more intimate atmosphere of the smaller contest venues.

Each contest sees at least 40 bands during the six hour event, while some see as many as 80! It is also a good evening out for anyone keen on coach-spotting!

The photo at the top shows the superb band from Wardle High School in Rochdale playing and marching along Market Street in Mossley towards the contest venue.

The photo below shows Mossley Band on home turf performing their set piece in front of the adjudicator's caravan on St Joseph's School playground. Not a very colourful photo, I'm afraid, but Mossley Band's uniform is black and the evening was a little grey!

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"Whit Friday Band Contests" is my contribution to this week's "My World" feature. Please check out the other blogs participating in this week's My World.

Please look back in tomorrow for another "Whit"-related post.


  1. We played Broadoak, Hurst Cross and Mossley, amongst others! Sorry we missed you! An absolutely fabulous day out...didn't get home until two in the morning and I'm still buzzing!


  2. We, or rather Nelson Brass, played at Broadoak, Ashton and Mossley, amongst others...we managed nine contests...not bad really! Sorry we missed you! Janet

  3. I always like marching bands! Our oldest daughter plays French Horn so maybe she'll play in a marching band someday?

  4. How wonderful! My father played trumpet and French horn when I was growing up, so I have a special place in my heart for brass bands. Thanks for the photos!
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  5. That´s a wonderful world! Have a great week.


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