West of England Regional Championships
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The Students Union, Bristol
Saturday 6th April
Adjudicator: Barry Thompson
Bideford Town (T. Lisett), Bratton Silver (V. Beer), Bude Town (C.
Gay), Camborne B (A. Pope), Chalford Training (D. Witts),
Downton (R. Wright), Drybrook and District Silver (D. Ventura),
Hatherleigh Silver (A. Edwards), Hayle Town (D. Johnston), Midsomer
Norton and Radstock (A. Lowe), New Forest Brass (J. Floyd), Okehampton
Excelsior (R. Beardon), Pendennis Brass (Falmouth) (G. Thomas),
Pillowell Silver (C. Lewis), Porthleven Town (F. Evans), Sandleheath
(D. Marlow), Shanklin Town Brass (M. Lewis), Shrewton Silver (M.
Dunford), Sidmouth Town (A. Harvey), St. Dennis (B. Minear), Watchet
Royal British Legion (D. Tilling), Wemouth Concert Brass (A. Davies),
Wilton and District (D. Chalk).
The Fourth Section is going to be a real bag of tricks to predict,
what with 23 bands all about the same standard and no real form
as such to go on. This is real Close your eyes and stick a
pin in it for us and we freely admit we havent got much
of a clue who will come out on top. Its over to you Mr Thompson.
Bideford last appeared in 1999 when they came 16th, so we dont
know much about their current form, whilst Bratton Silver were relegated
from Third Section in 1999 after they came 13th, but in the last
two years they have come 14th and 10th, so they will be hoping that
their rise continues this time out.
Bude Town and Camborne B are a bit of a complete mystery
to use as we dont have any record of them competing here for
the last three years and no current form through 2001, so we wish
them all the best. Meanwhile Chalford Training have been improving
and came 26th in 2000 and 20th last year, so lets hope they continue
on the upward path, whilst Downton came 20th in 2000 and 21st last
year. They too will be hoping to get higher up the prize list.
Drybrook and District didnt compete last year, but came 24th
in 1999 and 12th in 2000, whilst Hatherleigh Silver were 11th last
year. They were 18th in 2000 and 6th back in 1999 and during 2001
they came 2nd at Torquay and won at Weston, so they could well be
in with a good shout. Hayle Town have also a win under their belt,
with victory at the Hall for Cornwall contest, and they came 9th
here last year.
Midsomer Norton and Radstock have improved during the past three
years and came 22nd in 1999, 23rd in 200 and 17th last year, whilst
New Forest Brass didnt compete last year after dropping through
the sections somewhat from 1998 when they came 16th in the second
section, followed by 19th and relegation and then 15th in the Third
in 2000. Okehampton Excelsior, are another mystery band for us as
we have no record for them, so hope things go well, whilst Pendennis
Brass came 3rd last year and went on to come 12th at the National
Finals at Preston. That 3rd followed them being relegated from the
Third Section in 2000 after they had come 16th in the two years
Pillowell Silver came 16th last year and they were relegated. Placings
at the Areas in recent years are 15th in 1999, 7th in 2000 and 16th
in 2001, so it will be interesting to see how they do. Porthleven
Town were 12th last year, didnt compete in 2000 and 15th in
1999, whilst Sandleheath make their debut here after coming 3rd
at the Wessex contest.
Shanklin Town are another band whom havent been to the contest
for a while at least, but can boast coming 9th at Folkestone and
2nd at Wessex in the Third Section, whilst Shrewton Silver came
7th last year after coming 4th in 2000 and 25th in 1999. They also
came 8th at Pontins and 3rd at Wessex during 2001.
Sidmouth have been consistent midfielders, with them coming 15th
in 1999, 16th in 2000 and 13th last year, whilst St. Dennis are
one of the most famous names in Cornish banding, and one that has
seen their name mentioned off the stage at the Royal Albert Hall
in the top section in 1978, when they came 6th. They were runners
up last year and went on to come runners up at the National Finals
as well as winning at Bugle, Hall for Cornwall and Torquay. They
will be one of the favourites this time then.
We know nothing we are afraid about either Watchet RBL and Wemouth
Concert Brass, whilst Wilton and District came 16th last year after
coming 27th no less in 1999 and 21st in 2000. Lets hope all three
Ringwood and Burley
Chard Concert Brass
Dark Horse: Hayle Town
2001: Saltash Town
2000: St. Breward
1999: Lympstone South West Telecoms
1998: Test Valley Brass
1997: Lympstone South West Telecoms