North West Regional Championships
Sunday 10th March
Adjudicator: Sydney Swancott
Bands: Barnton Silver (S. Yates): Blackley (G. Smith): Blackpool Brass
(G. Smith): Boarshurst (Greenfield) (J. Webster): City of Chester (D. Mitchell):
Diggle (D. Morris): Eaton's Franworth (P. Ashley): Eccles Borough (C. Pownall):
Eccleston Brass (B. Harper): Greenhall's Brewery (H. Bousefield): Greenfield (D.
Chapman): Hazel Grove (A. Hurst): Lostockhall Memorial (R. Heyes): Middleton (S.
Foster): Pilling Jubilee Silver (S. Simpson): Rainford Silver (L. Nicholson):
Silk Brass Astra Zeneca (Macclesfield) (K. Mackintosh): United Norwest 2000 Brass
(A. Helleur): Wire Brass (P. Andrews).
Kenneth Downie's "St. Austell Suite" is a super test for the bands in
the third section and a piece that will certainly sort out the better bands from
the rest. The bands themselves will have to concentrate throughout as the music
is complex enough to test better bands, whilst we think that the bands that are
the most consistent throughout the three sections will be the ones that take the
prizes. Lots in Yorkshire played two good movements and one poor on (usually the
second) whilst some started well and just tailed off movement by movement. It
was a pragmatic band that won over the border, and we think it may be a sensible
approach if the bands want to book their places for Torquay.
were 8th last year after coming 6th in section four the year before and 3rd there
before that. The first year after promotion was a solid one and they will hope
to continue to improve. Meanwhile Blackley came 10th last year in the fourth section
and still gained promotion, so it could be a big step up for them. They were second
in Pontins and third in Manchester in the fourth section, so they will hope not
to repeat their 15th place here in this section in 1999.
relegated from the second section following their 13th place last year and 14th
in 2000, so they will be hoping for better things and a possible repeat of their
recent 3rd place at the Wilkinson or 6th at Preston, both in the second section.
Boarshurst and Jonathan Webster should do well here as they came 2nd in Pontins,
but they recently didn't do too well at Preston and came 10th. Should improve
on last years 14th place and may even get better than the 5th place of 2000.
of Chester were promoted from the fourth section on the strength of their 7th
place last year and 15th place in 2000 so this could be one step too far for them
at the moment. They recently came 12th at Preston. Meanwhile, Diggle won the Wilkinson
Contest well and after coming 4th here last year and wining promotion from the
fourth section as champions in 2000 they should be full to the brim with confidence.
Eaton's Farnsworth have been a busy band of late and came 10th at Pontins,
3rd at Wychavon, 9th at Preston. They didn't compete here last year after coming
2nd in the fourth section in 2000. Keen to repeat their triumph then and possibly
go on to repeat their 1992 National title win when they were in the fourth section.
Eccles Borough won at Preston recently and came 6th here last year, which was
a big improvement on the 15th of 2000 and 14th place of 1999. One to watch out
Greenhall's are in the third section this year following their
relegation from the second section, when they struggled for the past three years
coming 14th in '99, 12th in 2000 and 10th last year. They were 22nd at Pontins
in the second section and also 3rd at Rhyl whilst they recently came 5th at the
Wilkinson contest. Greenfield meanwhile came 15th last year and will be dead keen
to get a better result after not competing in 2000 and coming 11th I the second
section in 1999 and being relegated. They were 11th at Preston.
were 12th last year, which was about par for the course for the band who had come
10th in '99 and 13th in 2000. Lostockhall Memorial didn't compete last year and
came 8th in 2000 following their 5th the year previously. They recently came 6th
Middleton have come up from the fourth section following their
8th place last year and fourth place the year before and they won the recent Manchester
contest, so hopes will be high for a good result. Pilling Jubilee Silver are a
consistent band here and came 9th in '99, 14th in 200 and 10th last year, whilst
also coming 13th at Pontins, so they will be looking to move up the prize list.
and Lynda Nicholson have also performed consistently over the past three years
here and came 9th in '99, 12th in 200 and 11th last year, whilst they have also
been busy elsewhere coming 3rd at Pontins and 3rd at Fleetwood and Preston where
they competed in the second section. Silk Nbrass AstraZeneca just missed out of
a place at the National Finals last year when they came 3rd so they too will be
hoping just to imtove enough to gain a trip to Torquay. 10th in 2000 and 6th in
'99 show they are comfortable contenders and they should do well again we think.
Norwest 2000 Brass came 8th last year, following their relegation from the second
section after coming 10th in '99 and 17th in 2000 itself. They were also 7th at
Pontins last year, won the Manchester contest and came 8th at Preston. Lastly,
Wire Brass won the recent Preston contest in some considerable style and will
be hoping to make a real impression on the contest on Sunday, they could well
be up there come the shake down.
1. Manx Concert Brass
2. British Energy Morecombe
3. Silk Brass Astra Zeneca
5. Haslingden and Helmshore
6. Eccleston Brass
1. Greenhall's Brewery
3. Blackpool Brass
6. Silk Brass Astra Zeneca
Dark Horse: Eatons Farnsworth