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Town Band bag trophy at Beamish

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By Zac Hannay
Annan and Eskdale
Town Band bag trophy at Beamish

ANNAN Town Band added more silverware to their trophy cabinet last Sunday with success at one of the country’s most unique competition venues.

The Brass at Beamish Contest is held at Beamish Living History Museum in Stanley, County Durham, and sees bands from across the country perform their own choice of contest march and hymn tune.

Under the baton of musical director Lewis Wilkinson, Annan performed an arrangement of the traditional hymn Be Thou My Vision, followed by the famous march O.R.B.

And their programme clearly found favour with independent adjudicator Anne Crookston, who awarded the band second place in the overall competition.

Band communications officer Charlotte MacKay said: “The last time we performed at Beamish was for an outdoor bandstand concert in 2013, so it was lovely to return and see how the museum has evolved over the last decade.

“This year the competition was held in the reconstructed colliery welfare hall in the 1950s section of the museum which was open to the public throughout, which is really unique compared to other contests, and it was a great opportunity to perform for a different kind of audience.

“We’ve already had messages from museum visitors who heard our performance and want to know more about us, so that is really nice.

“The standard of the bands was very high and the winning band is ranked a full section above us, so we are delighted to bring the runner-up trophy back to Annan.”

The band is now looking forward to taking part in Annan Riding of the Marches events over the coming weeks.

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