Press release as recieved from Rifleman PR. 2 February 2004 BHK (UK) LTD HORDEN BAND WINS SPENNYMOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Success has beckoned yet again for the BHK (UK) Ltd Horden band, who won the B Section Championships at the annual Durham Brass Band Association League Contest, held on Sunday the 1st of February at the Spennymoor Leisure Centre. They were awarded the Durham County Council Chairman’s Trophy and a cheque for £150, and band member Andy Marsh, 33, from Durham, received the William Burdon Memorial Shield for best “Middle of the Band Soloist.” With reference to the band’s winning performance, the adjuducator Mr Colin Hardy stated: “This really is grand and so balanced, I do enjoy!! What a good performance, thank you.” Competing against nine other bands playing a set test piece from Goff Richards “Oceans”, the BHK band performed off the fourth spot during the day-long competition, which is organised to grade talented local brass bands in the Northeast of England. Their achievement means that the band will now be regraded as B Section Champions in the 2004 Brass Band League tables. Cheered with their continuing success, BHK’s band manager Ray Hutchinson said: “We take the League tables very seriously, as they reflect the local standing of brass bands in our area. I’m very happy we won, and would like to thank all the band members for their dedication and effort, and especially Jim Cunningham at BHK for his continued support.” Propelled with good fortune, the 2003 season saw the band win three acclaimed awards at National level in the First Section brass band category – the Northern Regional Championships of Great Britain, the National Championships of Great Britain and the Mineworkers Championships of Great Britain. They are now preparing for their next major competition when they compete at the Regional Championship Qualifiers in Darlington on the 21st of March. If they win at Darlington, they will then go forward to compete at the National Brass Band Championships which will be held at the Royal Albert Hall in October.