Forty brass bands battle in Bolsover

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Bands came to Bolsover as a record number of 2,500 people packed in to see Britain’s biggest and best Festival of Brass competition.

The event at Heritage High School in the north Derbyshire town saw Derwent Brass take the spoils, picking up the coveted championship trophy and £750.

They defeated eight other bands in what proved to be a marathon day with 40 competitors fighting it out in six sections.

Each had to perform a 20 minute concert, including a stand up solo.

Coun Ann Syrett from Bolsover District Council said: “What a day! Fantastic music, choreography, special effects and breathtaking soloists, fabulous performances and a great atmosphere made sure everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable day.

“The venue was packed from start to finish and provided an excellent opportunity for the bands and audiences to meet and chat as well as perform.

“It was also great to see bands at grass roots level competing with some very talented young people coming through the ranks.”

A charity contest was also staged the day before featuring the all female Boobs and Brass (Yorkshire) Band.