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1979 British Open Championships

Date:
Saturday, September 8, 1979

Venue:
Belle Vue, Manchester

Test piece:
Le Carnival Romain, H. Berlioz, arr. F. Wright

Adjudicator(s):
William Relton, Albert Chappell & Eric Weatherell

Pos Band Conductor Dr Pts
1Fairey EngineeringW. Hargreaves12197
2Desford CollieryH. Snell21196
3Grimethorpe CollieryE. Howarth10195
4Black Dyke MillsP. Parkes9194
5Besses o' th' BarnR. Newsome4193
6Yorkshire ImperialD. Carr22192
7William Davis ConstructionJ. Berryman16-
8Brighouse & RastrickG. Brand3-
-CWS (Manchester)F. Renton15-
-Carlton Main Frickley CollieryD. James17-
-City of CoventryK. Dennison14-
-CoryD. Stephens6-
-Ever ReadyT. Walmsley19-
-Foden Motor WorksD. Gartside11-
-GUSK. Wilkinson7-
-Hammonds SauceG. Whitham18-
-Ransome Hoffman & PollardS. Shimwell13-
-Rochdale WilsonsD. Loukes2-
-Sun Life StanshaweR. Newsome5-
-TemplemoreJ. W. Birch8-
-Webb Ivory (Newhall)E. Woodhouse20-
-Wingates TemperanceD. Wilby1-

Prizes:

1st: £650 plus £2000 Guineas Gold Challenge Trophy.
2nd: £450 plus the Frank Parker Memorial Cup.
3rd: £300
4th: £200
5th: £150
6th: £100

The youngest solo cornet player in the top six bands received a Sovereign cornet.

The youngest flugel horn player in the top six bands received a Sovereign Flugel horn.

The Iles Medal was awarded to Geoffrey Whitham.

No bands lost their place at the contest for 1980. 



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Howard J Evans

MA (Dist), Mus.B (hons), ARCM (hons), LRAM, LTCL, PGCE
Conductor, composer, arranger, tutor and pianist