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Past Articles

Brighouse And Rastrick Take Saddleworth Whit Friday Title

Brighouse and Rastrick in action at Dobcross.

Brighouse and Rastrick have been confirmed as this year’s overall Whit Friday winners in Saddleworth and Oldham. They add the honour to their national and Yorkshire titles, as they continue their excellent run under the command of Professor David King.

According to results collected by brass website 4 Bars Rest, Leyland finished second, with Marsden Silver just edging out Rothwell Temperance and last year’s Saddleworth champions Hepworth for third […]

Pictures From Marsden Cuckoo Day

Morris dancers at the Marsden Cuckoo Festival on Saturday.

Here are some pictures from Marsden Cuckoo Day, which brought hundreds of visitors to the village on Saturday. The festival, which is held every year to mark the start of spring, featured activities and entertainment including dancers, brass bands, a duck race and a procession up Peel Street.

For more information, visit the festival’s Facebook page by clicking here.

Marsden Cuckoo Festival This Weekend

The Frumptarn Guggenband at last year's festival. (picture: Gary Stephenson)

The annual Marsden Cuckoo Festival begins tomorrow night. The event marks the beginning of spring and summer in these parts, and is a long-standing tradition.

Tomorrow evening there’ll be a Catch the Cuckoo Walk organised by the National Trust, which leaves the Mechanics Hall at 7pm. Over at the Liberal Club, a folk night featuring local musicials begins at 8:30pm.

Saturday is the main day, and there’ll be all […]

Pontin’s Success For Uppermill And Marsden

Uppermill Band

The brass bands of Uppermill and Marsden both enjoyed success last weekend at the Pontin’s Championships, held at the holiday camp at Prestatyn in north Wales. Uppermill won the Third Section, with the Marsden Silver Band claiming overall victory in the Harry and Margaret Mortimer Championship.

Uppermill were drawn last to play during Saturday’s Third Section contest, but their performance of Partita for Bands (Postcards from Home) was enough to help them beat bands from Marple and […]

Whit Friday Success For Hepworth, Brighouse And Rastrick

The Oldham (Lees) Band in action during the Dobcross contest. The Rothwell Temperance Band took the top prize.

West Yorkshire bands took the top three places in the Saddleworth Whit Friday brass band contests. Hepworth narrowly beat Brighouse and Rastrick in the overall rankings, with Rothwell Temperance third.

Hepworth won three of the individual contests, at Denshaw, Greenacres and Lees and Springhead. They never finished lower than fourth elsewhere to take the title.

Brighouse and Rastrick, the Yorkshire champions, […]