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London and Southern Counties Regional Championship

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Third Section:

Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre
Saturday March 16th
Adjudicator: Roy Sparkes
Commences: 10.30am

Competing Bands: Amersham (A. Fawbert): Bradwell Silver (B. Keech): Castleton Brass (D. Eves): Chinnor Silver (D. Pegram): Croyden Brass (M. Hackett): East London Brass (A. Caldon): Heath (D. Phillips): St. Albans City (W. Rumford): St. Sebastian's Wokingham (B. Gentry): Stantonbury Brass (J. Jenkin): Yiewsley and West Drayton (C. Cole)

13 of the best line up for a bash of the "St Austell Suite" and the contest to try and get one of the two qualifying spots on offer for Torquay. Some real decent hard working bands in this section will ensure a close run contest and something for Roy Sparkes to enjoy. Tow bands up from the Fourth Section and one down from the second add to the mix and it will be interesting to see if any of the qualifiers can go on and make a mark in Torquay later in the year.

Amersham come up to the section this year after gaining promotion on the back of 3rd in the 4th section in 2000 when they qualifyed for the the Finals and 4th last year. They came 3rd at the Folkestone contest last year and we understand that this is the first time they've competed in third section.

Bradwell Silver came 13th last year and 15th the year before after gaining promotion from the fourth section in 1998 following two consecutive 6th places, whilst Castleton Brass were 7th here last year, although we don't have any information about the band for the years prior to this.

Chinnor Silver won the Harrow contest last year and came 10th at this contest. That followed their relegation from the second section where they had come 14th, 12th and 15th in the previous three years. Croydon Brass won promotion to this section following two consecutive 4th places in 1998 and 1999 in the lower section and they came 10th at both the Hove and Folkestone contests. They were 12th here in 2000 and 16th last year.

East London Brass are a little bit of a mystery to us as we couldn't find a record of them competing at the contest in the past the three years, but they were 9th at the Folkestone contest in the second section. Heath meanwhile have been steady performers here and came 14th last year to follow up on their consecutive 11th places of 2000 and 1999 following their relegation from the second section after coming 12th in 1998. Hitchin are a band that has been used to competing at a higher level and they had three years in the second section before they dropped down here last year. 9th, 15th and 13th at that level cost them their place, but they were more secure here last year and came home 9th.

KM Gillingham Concert Brass won the Folkestone contest and came 2nd at Hove last year, as well as securing 12th place here. This followed a series since 1998 of 7th, 4th and 14th. St. Albans meanwhile came up from the fourth section last year following a series of results since 1998 that read 8th, 3rd and 13th. They were comfortable enough last year though and came home 8th. St. Sebastian's Wokingham wee also promoted up last year and secured 15th spot. That was gained after two years in the lowest section in 1999 and 2000 when they came 2nd each time. They were 9th at the Hove contest in the second section last year.

Stantonbury Brass were relegated to this section following three years in the second tier that saw them come home 8th, 13th and 16th. 4th place here last year showed that they could well be inline for a quick return back. Finally, Yiewsley and West Drayton are making their debut here following promotion on the back of three years when they came 5th, 15th and 7th in the lowest section. They also came 2nd at the Folkestone contest and won at Hove.

2001 Result:

1. Cantium Brass
2. Becontree Brass
3. Horsham Borough
4. Stantonbury Brass
5. Ellesborough Silver
6. Waltham Forest Coop

4BR Prediction:

1. KM Gillingham Concert Brass
2. Croydon
3. Amersham
4. Yiewsley and West Drayton
5. Stantonbury Brass
6. Chinnor

Dark Horse: Hitchin

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