‘Nappy’ days as Uppermill Band celebrate away day successes

THERE was plenty of silver to go with the brass when Uppermill Band returned from a successful first visit to a prestigious annual competition.

Principle cornet player Sarah Hudson and musical director Dean Redfern collected individual prizes at the Yorkshire and Humberside Brass Band Association’s event at Dewsbury Town Hall.

And there were celebrations all round as Uppermill collected the Charles Smith Trophy as overall Group B winners.

They were also voted best third section band – an accolade which brought them the Bob Cherry Memorial Cup and a £200 first prize.

Rivals for the title included Tewit of Harrogate, Rivington and Adlington, Jayess Newbiggin and Rockingham.

“It was our first time participating in the YHBBA contest and we thoroughly enjoyed it,” said secretary Katie Woodward.

“The Town Hall was a lovely setting in which to play and it was topped off by an even more thrilling result.

“We chose to play Napoleon on the Alps by Phillip Harper and it proved third time lucky.

“The conductor felt it suited the band as we were third at the North West Areas in February and second at the Rochdale contest in October.

“So, we finally got our first victory at Dewsbury which we had been hoping for.

“And all the hard work and dedication from all the players paid off.”

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