Bury Port Sat 1st October

welshraz

Member
Okies......so who's going? Who are the runners and riders? We are going, and it should be a good day (I hope!!)
 

welshraz

Member
lol It seems funny really that many bands pay a great deal to come down and contest, while our band wont even subsidise a bus for us (well, they are but it did take a months worth of begging to get it!!), and we are less than 2 hours away!
 

nickjones

Active Member
I know it's slightly off topic but bus prices are massive at the mo ( and not looking to be an option for many bands ) we have had a quote for a bus for the Beaumaris Band tour of Cornwall in 2006 ( june 23 - 26th I think ) and the bus is £1200 for two days...aye caramba!!!!!! we would love to enter more Welsh Competitions but the costs would cripple us. even when there was the Welsh Brewers Challenge in 1993 , 1994 , 1995 no north wales band had an invite :(
 

welshraz

Member
Ouch!! We are just having a 16 seater as many players choose not to come on the bus. Its cost £200 and the 14 of us who are using the bus are paying £10 each, with the band paying the rest. If we didn't pay then we wouldn't have a bus, and that would mean no drinking or socialising after the contest!! And we can't be having that. As it is, we are leaving at 7:30am and then leaving Bury Port at 7pm. Then we are having more drinks and a curry in the bandroom.
 

nickjones

Active Member
so what is the lineup? BAYV , Tredegar , Cwmamman , burry port , treherbert , tongwynlais , BTM?????? what is the format own choice , set test??
 

Suz

Member
Burry Port

BTM are not there, I don't think BAYV, Cwmaman or Tredegar are there either, not sure for definite.

Same reasons for not attending that have been argued many times on this site, not going to be responsible for opening that can of worms again!!

Suz
Solo Trom
BTM Band
 

welshraz

Member
Jon Pippin conducts our band so I know Tredegar aren't going. Its an own choice test piece.
 
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tubaturk

Member
Suz said:
BTM are not there, I don't think BAYV, Cwmaman or Tredegar are there either, not sure for definite.

Same reasons for not attending that have been argued many times on this site, not going to be responsible for opening that can of worms again!!

Suz
Solo Trom
BTM Band


Why is it that people complain about travelling down West all the time? Don't we (Burry Port Band) have to travel the same distance East to attend the other 2 league contests or is it perhaps something to do with the direction of the earth's spin that makes it easier for us!

Yes the prizemoney is awful and doesn't in any way cover the costs incurred, but if the South Wales bands all made an effort, at least there would be a worthwhile honour up for grabs at the end of the year. At the very least it would be bragging rights to the winners for a year, and maybe a sponsor could be found to come up with some sizeable money for the end-of-year South Wales League Championship winners and runners-up.

Anyway, Burry Port is a very pleasant place to visit if you can drag yourselves away from the contest cafe (with delicious faggots & peas) and trade stands to pop down to the harbour. It has recently been given the title of the St Tropez of the North (by its own councillors!) due to the posh new marina and development of the coastal area. This surely beats Ebbw Vale and Treorchy who, well haven't been dubbed the St Tropez of the North!


Good luck to everyone at the contest at the weekend and good luck Suz and BTM for the RAH trip.
 

nickjones

Active Member
tubaturk said:
Why is it that people complain about travelling down West all the time? Don't we (Burry Port Band) have to travel the same distance East to attend the other 2 league contests or is it perhaps something to do with the direction of the earth's spin that makes it easier for us!

Yes the prizemoney is awful and doesn't in any way cover the costs incurred, but if the South Wales bands all made an effort, at least there would be a worthwhile honour up for grabs at the end of the year. At the very least it would be bragging rights to the winners for a year, and maybe a sponsor could be found to come up with some sizeable money for the end-of-year South Wales League Championship winners and runners-up.

Anyway, Burry Port is a very pleasant place to visit if you can drag yourselves away from the contest cafe (with delicious faggots & peas) and trade stands to pop down to the harbour. It has recently been given the title of the St Tropez of the North (by its own councillors!) due to the posh new marina and development of the coastal area. This surely beats Ebbw Vale and Treorchy who, well haven't been dubbed the St Tropez of the North!


Good luck to everyone at the contest at the weekend and good luck Suz and BTM for the RAH trip.


Cheek everyone knows Bangor is the St Tropez of the North!!!!!! I agree the title Welsh Champions would be great if the league system was fairer to bands all over Wales , or how about some south wales bands entering the North Wales rally in November :)
 

welshraz

Member
I don't mind the travel. I love contest days. Don't care where they are. There was discusssion of us going to Wychavon again this year, but we are trying to do our "own" contests this year plus Weston. We always try and make the day a social event too so it's not just about the 20 minutes of playing.

Good luck to everyone who is competing tomorrow.
 

Suz

Member
Burry Port

Travelling is no problem, BTM always enjoy a trip away that involves banding and beer!

I agree with the points you make Tubaturk about having a worthwhile prize for grabs at the end of the year.

Best of luck to Burry Port on the weekend,

Suz
 

MAW

Member
West Wales BBA Contest- Burryport

Hsa anyone got any results for the Burryport Contest. please.
 

tam-tam2

Member
Here are the results from the First Section

1. Newbridge (Celynen) Paul Holland (Prisms)
2. Rogerstone (G. O'Connor) (Spectrum)........thought we may have come one higher but never mind!!
3. Tylorstown (G. Davies?? of Cwmaman..not sure) UnVie de Matelot
4. Markham (N. Seaman) Brass Metamorphosis)

Don't know five and six, either RAF St Athan with Belmont Variations or Penclawdd with Tallis Variations.
 

Deano

Member
Here are the full results

4th Section

1st Goodwick - 181
2nd Ebbw Vale - 180
3rd Glynneath - 179
4th Upper Rhondda - 178
Best Soloist - Euph Ebbw Vale

3rd Section

1st Llwydcoed - 181
2nd Radyr - 180
3rd Pontypool - 179
4th Crwbin - 178
5th Oakdale - 177
6th Aberystwyth - 176
Best Soloist - Paul James Flugel Llwydcoed

2nd Section

1st Ynyshir - 180
2nd Lewis Merthyr - 178
3rd Blaenavon - 177
4th Briton Ferry - 176
4th Ogmore - 176
6th GCG -175
Best Soloist - Derek Andrews Euph Ynyshir

1st Section

1st Newbridge - 182
2nd Rogerstone - 181
3rd Tylorstown - 179
4th Markham - 177
4th RAF - 177
6th Penclawdd - 176
Best Soloist - Andrew Smith Cornet Newbridge

Championship

1st Burry Port -195
2nd Tongwynlais - 194
3rd Treherbert - 193
4th Abergavenny - 192
5th Mid Rhondda - 191
Best Soloist - Ceri John Euph Burry Port
 

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