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JAGS are Pontins Top Cats

The JAG Mount Charles Band are the newly crowned Harry and Margaret Mortimer Pontins Champions


The JAG’s become Pontins Top Cats

The JAG Mount Charles Band conducted by Bryan Hurdley are the 2001 Pontins National Champions, following their win at the Prestatyn Holiday camp in North Wales.

With a performance that adjudicator Derek Broadbent described from the stage as “a little head and shoulders above the rest” the Cornish band took home the £2,500 first prize ahead of 21 other competitors, the commemorative cup and the title of Harry and Margaret Mortimer Championship winners for the second time in three years. David Read also commented that the judging duo had no problems choosing the winners, who he said, “put up a very musical interpretation”.

In addition their soprano cornet player, Jon Small took home with him the Arthur Bedwell Memorial Trophy as Best Soloist for his fine playing of the tremendously difficult soprano part of “Diadem of Gold”.

Second place went to Point of Ayr under the baton of Thomas Wyss who put up a compact musical performance to take the £1,300 runners up spot (no points were awarded), whilst the B.T. band conducted by Mike Fowles showed a welcome return to form with a well deserved third place.

Fourth place went to pre contest favourites Aveley and Newham under Nigel Taken, whilst fifth spot was claimed by SWT Woodfalls and Peter Parkes, who many in the audience had close to the winners spot. Sixth place went to Ashton–Under-Lyne under John Maines.

A full review of the Championship Contest, plus a review of the other sections will be put on the site in the next 24 hours after the effects of a 5-hour drive home have worn off!

We’ll have a band by band analysis of the top section, plus comments of the judges and the winning conductor. There may even be a few camera shots as well!

Meanwhile there was some controversy in the Second Section, where the conspiracy theorists had a field day when the compere got the announcement of the draw number for the winning band incorrect. Stannington Brass were the eventual, correct winners off the number 19 draw, but it did make for an interesting half hour after the results!

Saturday saw the First Section title go to the Peter Hawke Garages, Lindley Band, who upset the form book (ours anyway!) to secure an impressive win ahead of Pennine Brass and Haydock Ogden Travel, whilst the Third Section saw the title go to Langbaurgh Brass ahead of Boarshurst in second and Rainford in third. The Fourth Section title was won in fine style by local band Conway Town, just ahead of Blackley in second and Uppermill in third.

Further details of the lower section contests will be with you as soon as possible.


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