Langholm bands can blow their own trumpet

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LANGHOLM Town Band gained a great result at the annual Brass in the Pit contest at Newtongrange on Saturday when they won the third section.

The contest run by Newtongrange Band was held at the Scottish Mining Museum and attracted an entry of 14 senior bands and 20 junior bands in five sections, including a number from the Borders.

Langholm Junior Band also competed in the novice section with 14 players taking to the stage and was presented with a silver award.

The Town Band with 11 of the junior band in their numbers played in the open contest under their musical director Alan Fernie, and was drawn after the Scottish Champions, Whitburn.

They impressed adjudicator Stan Lippeat with their performance of the march ‘Goldcrest’ and the hymn ‘Meditation on Slane’.

At the end of the contest, playing as a third section band, Langholm were awarded 85 points and placed sixth overall, which was a superb result, with only championship and first section bands placed above them.

The result meant that the band won the third section and also finished above the best second section band in the contest. The result could be considered as one of the best Langholm has ever achieved.

The Town Band will now begin preparing for the annual Scottish Borders Brass Bands Association Entertainment Contest on November 5.

The contest this year is being held at the Buccleuch Centre in Langholm, and it is hoped that around 15 senior bands and six junior bands will be competing.