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News Archive > General > Bandsmen basking in the sounds of summer

Bandsmen basking in the sounds of summer

By Andy Laming 21st June 2017

Bandsmen basking in the sounds of summer
BAND DAY: Bugle blowing off steam at the weekend

This year’s traditional march through Bugle by the competing bands in the West of England Bandsmen’s Festival took to the contest field in glorious sunshine at the weekend.

A large audience settled down to hear, what adjudicator David Marshall called “a selection of good music” in ideal conditions for them and the bands.

Commenting on the playing, he praised the high standard of the competing bands, calling on them to always remember, “the score is your bible”.

In the Championship Section the honour of winning the Royal Trophy went to the Camborne Town Band, with many of their players taking the individual awards.

Geraint Richards, great grandson of F J Richards, one of the Founders of the Festival in 1912, was introduced as the new chairman of the festival on the day it was announced that he had been awarded the MVO in the Birthday Honours List.

Presentations were made to Gareth Roberts MBE, who stepped down after judging  the Deportment Section for the last 36 years, and to Michael Mortimore, to mark his 50 years as a member of the festival committee, in particular for his efforts as Honorary Grounds-man in preparing and maintaining the field throughout the year.

By Andy Laming 21st June 2017

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