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Ruby Anstee – Editor
Stuart Littleford – Reporter
Allan Roach – Reporter
George Wilson – Reporter and IT

Past Articles

The ‘greatest free show on earth’ continues to attract worldwide attention

Whit Friday at Denshaw

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

This year’s Whit Friday band contests are set to attract thousands of people to the borough – including musicians from as far afield as Switzerland and Australia.

Oldham Council is again providing help and financial support to ensure the Saddleworth and Lees contests hit all the right notes and everyone enjoys a spectacular day of free entertainment and fun.

Dubbed ‘the greatest free show on earth’, this traditional event dates back to […]

Rain fails to dampen the ‘greatest free show on earth’

Thousands of people turned out in Saddleworth on Friday for the areas annual ‘Whit Walks’ and famous Whit Friday band contests which have been dubbed the ‘greatest free show on earth’.

Congregations from local churches marched with brass bands into Uppermill from the various villages watched by large crowds of spectators with adults and children walking behind those leading the parades.

Church elders carried the traditional large hand made banners that are unique to each church and Sunday school.

The […]

Band club offers amnesty for return of missing instruments

The missing cornet

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A local band club are making a plea for information to help in the return of some of their missing instruments.

Delph Band Club has offered an amnesty to anyone who returns the instruments – with no questions asked.

Over the last few months a few instruments have gone missing from the club’s band room, most recently a Courtois Soprano Cornet (model 107V with a broken third valve slide).

The club has always […]

Whit Friday: Thousands turn out for Whit walks and band contest despite poor weather

Kilngreen Sunday School – Diggle

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Thousands of people lined the streets of Saddleworth on Friday for the annual Whit Friday walks despite a wet and cold start to the day.

Church congregations together with their brass bands marched into Uppermill from various local villages cheered on by large crowds of onlookers who had turned out in force despite the poor weather. Children and adults walked together into the village centre carrying banners for their churches and […]

Lifetime achievement awards Delph Band members

Dave, Lorraine and Keith with their awards

Three members of Delph band received lifetime achievement awards in March at the North West Area Contest at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.

Delph Band were in the second section and had to play a piece called Chaucer’s Tunes. The band had been working very hard on the piece the weeks before the contest. They were placed 9th out of 16 bands – contesting does not always go your way!

On the same day […]