B&R Roundabout Tribute set for unveiling

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by cbridge, May 7, 2007.

  1. cbridge

    cbridge Member

    A new embellishment to one of Brighouse’s most prominent roundabouts is set to be unveiled at a ceremony next week. Situated at the interchange of Bradford Rd / Huddersfield Rd and Elland Rd (where the Tesco superstore is) the design celebrates two great Brighouse based institutions; the world famous Brighouse and Rastrick band and Marshalls (the UKs’ leading manufacturer of superior concrete and natural stone products).

    Eight tonne quarried boulders have been engraved with the bands logo and face each approach road to the roundabout, with a taller central stone inscribed with musical notes representing the bands signature tune ‘West Riding’.

    Proposals for the tribute were originated by Calderdale’s current Lord Mayor, Brighouse Councillor Colin Stout who will open the new decoration on Tuesday 15th May between 7:30pm and 8pm. The band will perform a new work, ‘Brighouse Flourishes’ by composer/arranger in residence Leigh Baker, which was written especially for the occasion. The work features clever musical references to other pieces synonymous with the band (West Riding, Floral Dance) and also the hymn tune ‘Rock of Ages’.

    The stones are now in place and the cosmetic work will be done during this week so that everything will look fantastic for the unveiling.

    The band would like to say a huge thank you to Marshalls who started work at 4AM on Bank Holiday Monday (7th May) to put the stones in place without disrupting traffic in the area. Special thanks go to Gordon Hines (Product Manager – Natural Stone Division, Marshalls), Phillip Mallinson-Powell (Production Manager – Marshalls) and Richard Binks (Calderdale Council Project Manager) all of whom have put considerable time, effort and care into the project. The intricate detail and wording was put onto the stone by Jason Fry who is the creative director of Design 69.

    The band look forward to seeing many of its friends and supporters at the ceremony next week.

    John Ingman
    Publicity Officer
    Brighouse and Rastrick Band
  2. leisa

    leisa Active Member

    it's looking good!! brightens up the trip to tesco hehe. Just be aware tat once it's done we will be gatecashing i with a blue UCYBB Flag smackin the middle!!! hehe :p

  3. wkt

    wkt Member

    I think it is good to see famous bands recognised in even these small ways, in their home towns. I have been to Brighouse a number of times. I once spoke to a local taxi driver who did not seem to have heard of the Band. I receive regular emails from Yorkshire Tourism and have never seen a brass band mentioned. I think it is important to remind locals and visitors that such a famous band is still very much in business.