Heard the news this morning, very sad news. When I first joined Newtongrange in 1991 Nigel was one of the many band members who opened their doors to me and let me stay over when we were out socialising/contesting and helped make my time at Nitten band as one of the great times in my life...
Brilliant result for Nitten, really deserved for a great bunch of people who took what happened 2 years ago on the chin and bounced back last year (with help from yours truly) and onwards to this great result (without yours truly) and never let any of the crap written about their supposed...
One adjudicator in his post contest remarks at an area contest stated that he had not chosen the best 2 bands on the day but instead chose the 2 bands he thought best equipped to do a job at the Nationals.
After all the furore about percussion I'd just like to wish the Co and Whitburn all the best at the Nationals. I can also safely say that Jim is nobody from Nitten as we were all in the early stages of a drunken blackout by the time the Championship section started.
I agree with Alistair, relegation has worked for Newtongrange as there has been a few personnel changes which have benefited the band and the band is a lot more focussed.
Personally I think the appeals process should be used in exceptional circumstances and I believe Granite City have good...
I think it's really unfair that a Band who came 7th goes down and yet a Band who didn't compete stay's up. Surely there should be rule going forward that any Band that does not compete is automatically relegated.
Nick Hudson at the European in Cardiff in 1992 playing Year of The Dragon, lucky enough to have played at that contest with Newtongrange (or Scottish Brewers as they were known as then). Got the CD of the contest so I'm just away to listen to it again.
Other awards picked up yesterday as well as the 1st section where
Drunkest Male Player - Neil Philip (no concrete evidence but I just know it will be him)
Drunkest Female Player - Gillian Spence
Lightweight Drinker of the day - Me (even the 14 yr old drummer drank more)
Your right it was Mark Vause, I can remember he played cornet, was there another cornet player called Philip. When I stated I hated Salford I meant the city itself and not the college which was top notch in terms of the course although I remember at that time we where basically shunted...