... as received from Dave Sarjent of Rifleman Public Relations 30 November 2003 BHK BRASS BAND WINS MINEWORKERS CHAMPIONSHIPS News release: IMMEDIATE BHK (UK) LTD HORDEN BAND WINS MINEWORKERS CHAMPIONSHIPS The BHK (UK) Ltd Horden band has won the coveted First Section of the Mineworkers Brass Band Championships, held on Saturday the 29th of November, at the Butlins Mineworkers Festival in Skegness. This new win for the band bolsters its fast-rising status and position in the highly competitive brass band league tables, which are adminstered by the National Contesting Council. The 27-strong band – the recent winners of the 2003 First Section of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain – won in competition against 13 other bands, including close rivals Riddings and Gresley Old Hall, and walked off with the top prize of £875 and the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation Challenge Trophy. Judged by David Read, the band performed off the ninth spot during the four-hour competition, playing a 10-minute rendition of Dean Goffin’s “Rhapsody in Brass”. Mr Read described the BHK band’s performance as “outstanding”, and also praised its musical director Wilf Beddell for his unique interpretation of Goffin’s popular piece. Delighted with their success, BHK’s Band Manager Ray Hutchinson said: “To say we were apprehensive, is a slight understatement, but I’m glad we rehearsed hard beforehand as we all knew Skegness would be a tough one. Luckily, it now looks like we’re on a winning streak, so we’re quietly confident for our chances at the Regional Qualifiers in 2004. Naturally, I’d like to thank all the band members for their hard work, and Jim Cunningham at BHK for his support.” The band will now prepare for its next challenge – to win the Regional Qualifiers, due to be held in Darlington on the 21st of March 2004, and go forward to compete at the National Brass Band Championships which will be held at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2004. If they win at the Albert Hall, they will have achieved the coup of having risen from the lowest level in the brass band league tables to the very top in less than 5 years.