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2011 Miners Welfare Brass Band Entertainment Contest — Gallery from Porthcawl

Despite the sad backdrop to the contest there was still plenty of great entertainment on show in Porthcawl provided by the mining bands of South Wales.

2011 Miners' Welfare Entertainment Contest
Pictures: Iwan Fox

Cast in silver: The minaiture miner on top of the £6000 Challenge Cup

A Grand day out at the Pavilion in Porthcawl

There was plenty of silverware on display

Compere Dave Hayward points out that he's the star attraction really...

Oakdale's percussionist keeps her hat on...

A trio of young talent for Gwaun Cae Gurwen

RAF St Athan's bass section pumps it out...

Something has tickled Ammanford's fancy...

The suave sartorial style of Treherbert MD, Craig Roberts

Ogmore Valley's Danny Stone on tuba

A determined cornet section at Crosskeys

Sandpaper Ballet for Briton Ferry

Piece of eight for MD Alex Parker at Ystradgynlais

Sian Brimble is the star soloist for winners Lewis Merthyr

The good, the bad and the.... for best entertainers Ynyshir

Girl power for Blaenavon

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

Thursday 22 March • Mirfield Parish Church, 38 Church Lane, Mirfield WF14 9HX

The Fairey Band - Ensembles from Bramhall High School

Friday 23 March • Bramhall High School. Seal Road. Stockport SK72JT

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Brass Band

Friday 23 March • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Boobs & Brass at Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 24 March • Huddersfield Town Hall. Corporation St,. Huddersfield HD1 2TA

Croydon Citadel Band - The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army

Saturday 24 March • The Salvation Army. Booth Rd. Croydon. CR0 1XY CR0 1XY

Hitchin Band

March 20 • BASS TROMBONE VACANCY - Hitchin Band (promoted to Championship as of 2019) are looking for a bass trombone player to fill our vacancy. We are a friendly and sociable band with a busy and varied concert programme throughout the year.

Milnrow Band

March 20 • 2nd EUPHONIUM and 2 FIRST CLASS CORNET PLAYERS. We have immediate vacancies for a 2nd Euphonium & 2 Cornet players (positions negotiable). We rehearse Mon/Thur 8pm-10pm in our own bandroom in Milnrow, situated just off J21 M62 and accessible via Metrolink.

Amesbury Town Band

March 20 • Players of any standard are always warmly welcomed especially some more solo cornets and a spare percussionists to help out existing players. We don't contest, so feel free to drop in, even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument.

Ian Porthouse

Cornet soloist, clinician, conductor and adjudicator