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Regionals 2002: North of England Championship

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Fourth Section:

The Dolphin Centre
Sunday 17th March
Adjudicator: TBA
Commences: 10.00am

Competing Bands: Askam Town (D. Henley): Aycliffe and Brancepeth (M. Priestly): Barnetby Silver (J. Havercroft): Burneside Brass (R. Lincoln): Dunston Silver (A. Seymour): Durham Constabulary (P. Cuff): Ebor Brass (S. Kind): Five Rivers Brass (A. Griffiths): Hetton Silver (K. Wheatley): Kirby Lonsdale (A. Greenwood): Marske Brass (A. Prest): Sacriston Colliery (R. Wallace): Stape Silver (M. Breckon): Trimdon Concert (G. Vardy): Ulverston Town (J. Blenkarn)

15 bands take the plunge in the Fourth Section and all will be hoping to gain one of the two qualifying spots on offer for Torquay. A good test piece will certainly mark out the best bands so there should be plenty of spills and thrills.

Askham Town come to the contest with three solid years of contesting here, with a record that reads 3rd in '99 and 7th in 2000 and 2001, whilst Aycliffe and Brancepeth return to the contest following a break last year. They will be hoping to improve on their last outing in 2000 when they were placed 12th.

Barnetby Silver have two 11th places behind them here in the last two years and so will be hoping for a step up and a challenge for the top spots, whilst Burneside Brass came 5th last year and will also be looking to get a bit closer to the podium at least.

Dunston are a bit of a mystery to us as we couldn't find a record of them at he contest in recent years and no recent form, but Durham Constabulary are competing here after not performing last year. They will be looking to return to the third section, where they last performed in coming 10th in 2000.

Ebor Brass came last, last year, which was a slight improvement on 2000 when they came 14th. They were 7th at the Yorkshire and Humberside contest so they will be hoping for better things. Five Rivers came 8th last year, but recent successes at County Durham where they were 3rd and 2nd place at the Mineworkers shows they can approach the contest with confidence. Hetton Silver will also be looking for a return to better things as they didn't compete last year and came 6th in the third section the year before. No recent form as such so it could well be good, bad or indifferent. The same will go for Kirby Lonsdale who didn't compete last year and were 8th the year before, whilst Marske Brass come to the contest on the back of a 2nd place at the County Durham contest and were relegated from the third section following their 7th place in 2001 and 9th place in 2000.

Sacriston Colliery were 12th last year, which was an improvement on 2000 when they were disqualified and Stape Silver were 6th in 2000 and 4th last year, so they will hope that the upward trend continues.

Trimdon Concert were 2nd here in 1999 and have fallen away in he last two years, coming 13th in 2000 and 10th in 2001. Hopefully they can recover the form of three years ago and come in the prizes again. Ulverston Town meanwhile will be looking to continue their improvement at the contest following their 10th place in 2000 and 9th in 2001.

2001 Result:

1. Swinton and District Excelsior
2. Bearpark and Esh
3. Dearham
4. Stape Silver
5. Burneside Brass
6. Kirby Lonsdale

4BR Prediction:

1. Five Rivers
2. Marske
3. Kirby Lonsdale
4. Burneside Brass
5. Durham Constabulary
6. Stape Silver

Dark Horse: Hetton

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