Hatfield Band are to represent Yorkshire in National Brass Band finals

15th April 2014

Hatfield Band has suceeded in securing a place in the National Brass Band Finals at Cheltenham in September after qualifiying at the Yorkshire Area Championships in March.  The last time they won the National title was in 2003 when the finals were held in Dundee.

The band, who were previously known as Hatfield Main Colliery Band, has been in existence for sixty seven years and includes Mr Harry McLaughlin, who has been a member for fifty years.  Mr McLaughlin said of the success, "It's a fantastic result after all the hard work and we're looking forward to the finals in Cheltenham."

The band say they are grateful for all the support the community gives them; this support includes Hatfield Town Council and Ash Hill Academy, who allow the band to utilize large office space and rehearsal rooms. Band secretary, Margaret Curran, who is also a volunteer at EDDT, said, "When practising for a contest, to be able to rehearse in a larger room helps the band with their acoustics.  It's much better."

The band would appreciate donations in order to meet the costs of travelling down to Cheltenham in September. Visit www.hatfieldband.co.uk or find them on Facebook under 'Hatfield Band' to offer support.

The Finals will take place on Sunday, September 21st, 2014. 

Source: Thorne Times, May 2014

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