After several weeks of enjoyable rehearsals under the baton of the talented Jonathan Bates the band set off to Blackpool to compete in the Senior Cup.
The band performance had much merit and resulted in the best result in the contest for a good number of years.
Test Piece: Diadem of Gold (G. Bailey arr Frank Wright)
Adjudicators: Michael Fowles & Roger Webster
1. Oldham Band (Lees) (John Collins)* 2. St Dennis (Darren Hawken) * 3. Redbridge (Richard Ward)* 4. Skelmanthorpe (Martin Heartfield) * 5. Hatfield (Stan Lippeatt) 6. Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel (Jack Capstaff) 7. Ratby Co-operative (Mareika Gray) 8. Blackburn & Darwen (Jonathan Bates) 9. Lydbrook (Glyn Williams) 10. TCTC Group (Jef Sparkes) 11. Aveley & Newham (Alan Duguid) 12. Dalmellington (Richard Evans) 13. Northop Silver (John Doyle) 14. Newtongrange Silver (Anne Crookston) 15. Goodwick Brass (Matthew Jenkins) 16. Kingdom Brass (Ian Porthouse) 17. Jackfield (Simon Platford) ** 18. Burry Port Town (Gareth Robinson) ** 19. Staffordshire (Jonathan Pippen)** 20. Unite the Union (City of Sheffield) (John Roberts)**
Best Instrumentalist: Benjamin Richteon, soprano, Oldham Band (Lees)
*Promoted to the Grand Shield ** Relegated to the Senior Trophy