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2012 Welsh Regional Championship — Postcard from Swansea

Iwan Fox looks back at the event's in and around a memorable weekend in Wales.

Cory
Cory: The next generation?

It was certainly a momentous weekend in Wales.

Never mind a third Grand Slam in eight years for the boys in red. This was all about a ninth (and perhaps final) Welsh Area Championship victory for Bob Childs and Cory.

The rumours had been filtering their way around the Brangwyn Hall, like careless whispers of indiscretion from errant French husbands after a dirty weekend away in Cardiff to watch the match.

Tour rules

Tour rules don’t apply in banding. Even the merest hint of something going on gets back to other halves. And the word on the street was that Bob Childs was planning to play away from the home he had been master of for the past 12 years.

Old flame

Professional to the end, he didn’t let a word of his pedning departure from the world’s number 1 ranked band fall from his lips, but the you sensed there was something different about the celebrations as he held the curvaceous Welsh Area Trophy once more. 

It was as if he was giving an old flame a last loving cuddle.

Don’t bet against him coming back though.

Frenchmen may have a more laissez-faire attitude to long term relationships, but Welshmen do miss their home comforts more than most. A 10th Welsh title may yet be inked in on his CV.

Postcard
Welsh Olympic athlete Venissa Head played with Pontypool Band

Napoleon

Elsewhere, the Grand Slam certainly ensured that the Hall on Saturday was sparsely littered with listeners, although the good news for the Welsh Regional Committee was that the number of competitors was up (the event even boasted a player in the Third Section who had actually taken part in the Olympic Games) and so were the takings.  

The cash register in the bar at the Brangwyn Hall rang like the bells of Notre Dame heralding the return of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Stakhanov

Things are looking up in Welsh banding, despite the desperate need for new blood to help the Stakhanov workers on the Regional Committee.

Even Mrs Broadbent lent a helping hand to a group of volunteers who are doing a quite remarkable job in the circumstances.

The new Welsh Banding Forum will be looking to see how it can encourage not just bands to provide much needed assistance, but how they can get more people to forsake the national game for a couple of hours to listen to some top class musical entertainment.

Once more Wales sends a scrum full of high quality qualifiers to Cheltenham and London.

Pledge Man

People are missing a treat – even the bloke the 4BR Editor saw on Saturday night on the floor of his local pub: There he lay, as naked as a grotesque Botticelli cupid, oblivious to his predicament, sprayed and buffed with furniture polish to the colour Donatella Versace on a sunbed by his celebrating mates after Wales had won the Grand Slam.

The next day his wife rang to say that she had forgiven him; mainly because he now smelled better than he had at anytime in the last ten years of their marriage, and that be collapsing asleep on the floor of the living room when he eventually got home he had inadvertently done the dusting for the first time in his life.

That’s what prize winning relationships are all about...

Iwan Fox



Foden's Band - St Michaels & All Angels Church

Saturday 25 May • Egerton Road, Ashton on Ribble, Preston PR2 1AJ


St Pinnock Brass Band - Rock Choir Cornwall

Sunday 26 May • Sterts Theatre, . Sterts, . Liskeard, . PL14 5AZ PL14 5AZ


Contest: All England International Masters

Sunday 26 May • The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive NN15 6PB


Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band - Eastbourne Bandstand - 1812 concert

Wednesday 29 May • Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 3AD


Black Dyke Band - George Lawton Hall, Mossley

Thursday 30 May • George Lawton Hall, Stamford St, Mossley, Ashton-under-Lyne OL5 0HR


Horbury Victoria Band

May 22 • Horbury Victoria Band.. Preparing in good time for section one next year require Solo Euphonium and Front Row Cornet.. A not too busy, friendly and happy band. Rehearsal Wednesday 8pm


Hathersage Band

May 22 • BBb Bass to join in our music making under MD Andy Furmidge. Hathersage Brass Band is a non-contesting band whose friendly members enjoy performing at Village Galas and Fetes as well as several Christmas concerts.


Hathersage Band

May 22 • Back Row Cornet to join in our music making under MD Andy Furmidge. Hathersage Brass Band is a non-contesting band whose friendly members enjoy performing at Village Galas and Fetes as well as several Christmas concerts.


Prof. Christopher Houlding

MMus, GGSM, LRAM
Conductor, Performer, Educator