New addition to Whit Friday Brass Band Contests in Tameside

THE ‘greatest free show on earth’ will be welcoming a Tameside town this year for the first time.

A new Whit Friday Brass Band Contest is coming to Hyde on Friday, May 24, taking the total venues involved across the borough back up to 10.

Organised by a team led by local councillors Betty Affleck and Hugh Roderick, the sound of brass will reverberate around the town when played in the Market Square.

The contests were founded back in the 1870s in Stalybridge and have a long and illustrious history in Tameside.

But, much to the delight of the Friends of Tameside Whit Friday Brass Band Contest Committee, Hyde will be playing host for the very first time in 2024.

The new ‘Hyde Central’ contest will join sites in Droylsden, Denton, Dukinfield, Mossley, Stalybridge and Ashton who all share both a love of heritage and the brilliance of brass.

Newton councillor Roderick says the town is really looking forward to putting on the musical festival.

“We are brass band enthusiasts and local representatives of Hyde who have long harboured an ambition to bring the Whit Friday Band Contest to the town and we are grateful to the organising committee for giving us this opportunity,” he said.

“We have enjoyed the contest each year as attendees at venues across the Borough and we wanted to bring the excitement and tradition of a day of brass bands to the heart of Hyde.

“We are also grateful for the support of local people and businesses who are helping to make the event possible, and we will be working toward making Hyde an established port of call for bands every year on Whit Friday.”

Cat Tomlinson, Chair of the Friends of Tameside Whit Friday Brass Band Contest Committee, is also pleased to welcome Hyde as a new addition.

She said: “As a committee, we are excited that there will now be a contest in Hyde, it is a fantastic addition to the current circuit of Tameside contests.

“We’re sure the residents and businesses of Hyde, especially those based close to proximity of the market ground, will come together to enjoy the beloved tradition of a Whit Friday Brass Band Contest!”

More information about the Whit Friday Brass Band Contests in Tameside can be found at


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