The Bolton area’s premier brass band (and one of the country’s oldest and finest) is set to resume a popular series of Sunday night concerts. Westhoughton-based WINGATES BAND performed a series of highly-popular Sunday evening concerts in THE WINDSOR SUITE of THE RAMADA HOTEL (formerly The Georgian House Hotel) in Manchester Road, Blackrod, Bolton, for over a decade, and now, after a break of approximately 3 years, these concerts are to resume by popular demand. In the past, many of these concerts marked special occasions for the band, such as its 120th and 130th anniversary concerts, the launches of 3 new CD albums, and the official inauguration of the actor EDWARD WOODWARD as the band’s President.The first concert in the resumed series will be held at the Ramada Hotel on SUNDAY MARCH 19th (7:30pm) and tickets (£8, concessions £7) are available from the band’s Marketing / PR Manager DAVID KAYE (01942 845001 or 07970 131460), the hotel reception, and Westhoughton Town Hall. Because of the band’s very heavy recording session in the early weeks of 2006 (no less than 5 CD albums are planned for release this year!) the March 19th event will be the band’s first local concert of the year, with the opportunity of this being taken to reflect upon a most magnificent chapter in the band’s long and glorious history, namely: 2006 – A Special Centenary Anniversary for Wingates Wingates Band was formed in 1873 by the members of the mens' bible class at Wingates Independent Methodist Church, Westhoughton. By the end of the century, the band was gaining an increasing reputation as one of the best around, and was seriously challenging the best of the country’s bands on the contest stage. In 1906, however, (precisely a century ago) Wingates Band could lay undisputed claim to the title “THE FINEST BAND IN THE LAND”, as it became the first band in history to “do the double” by winning the 2 top accolades in British banding in the same year – namely THE BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP, (held at Belle Vue, Manchester) and THE BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (held at London’s Crystal Palace). Amazingly, Wingates was to repeat this “double “ again in 1907, the “double double” being a feat which has been repeated only once in the ensuing hundred years – by the legendary Black Dyke Band, in the 1970s. These most notable feats from the band’s fascinating 133-year history will feature prominently during the band’s programme for 2006.