IT’S Whit Friday on May 25, and once again Tameside will be hosting the ever-popular brass band contests which are often billed as the greatest free show on earth.
The tradition dates back to the late 19th century, and this year the borough is hosting 11 events, all organised by volunteer committees under the aegis of the Tameside Friends of Whit Friday.
To have a chance of being crowned champions, bands have to perform at six of the contests. As well as demanding proof of musical prowess, the evening also tests discipline, stamina and organisational skills.
A Tameside Council spokesman said: “Whether you’re a regular or a first-timer, Whit Friday is an event to be savoured and enjoyed.
“Once again, with support from the Friends of Tameside Whit Friday Brass Band Committee, Tameside Council, local businesses and an army of volunteers, it promises to be an evening to remember.”
Bands and followers will be able to keep abreast of events throughout the evening via the Twitter handle @tmbc_culture and by using the hashtag #WhitBrass18.
Broadoak: Ashton Rugby Club, St Albans Avenue, Gambrel Bank, Ashton, OL6 8TU. 5 to 11pm.
Carrbrook: Carr Rise, Carrbrook, SK15 3NY. 4 to 10.30pm.
Denton: Denton Cricket Club, Egerton Street, Denton, M34 3PB. 4.15 to 11.15pm.
Droylsden: Bush Inn, Moorside Street, Droylsden, M43 7HL. 4.30 to 11pm.
Dukinfield Albion: Albion pub, 66 Jeffreys Drive, Dukinfield, SK16 4BZ. 4 to 11pm.
Dukinfield Tame Valley: Tame Valley Hotel, Park Road, Dukinfield, SK16 5LX. 4.30 to 11pm.
Heyrod: John Street, Heyrod, SK15 3BW. 4.30 to 11pm.
Hurst Village: Ashton United AFC, Surrey Street, Hurst Cross, OL6 8DY. 4.30 to 10.15pm.
Mossley: St Joseph’s School yard, Market Street, Mossley, OL5 0ES. 4.30 to 10pm.
Stalybridge: Stalybridge Labour Club, Acres Lane, Stalybridge, SK15 2EG. 4.30 to 10.30pm.
Stalybridge Celtic: Bower Fold, Mottram Road, Stalybridge, SK15 2RT. 4.30 to 11pm.
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