Date: Saturday, 2 June 2018
The band contest was a regular feature of the Lions Summer Fayre until a few years ago when the contest faded away. In 2017 as part of Lions Centennial year, we decided to resurrect the contest to see if it was viable again. It proved to be a great success with thirteen bands participating and a delighted crowd in the Market Place. The Band Contest had been reborn!
In 2018, in addition to our Summer Fayre, not only are we hosting the Band Contest again with magnificent help from Yorkshire and Humberside Brass Band Association (YHBBA), we are also supporting two Fun Runs of 2 and 5k both run off road at Millfields. Helen Sykes, one of the original committee who organised the runs in the past has taken the lead with support from Lion Di Watkins to enable this.
The Summer Fayre will start at 11:30am in the Market Place. There are many interesting stalls including the renowned Lions Plant Stall, Raffle, books and Tombola. Other stalls include Rare Breed items, flowers, jewellery, fascinators, fudge, spices, crafts of all description and a variety of others.
Entertainment will be provided by Beggar’s Bunce, Acorn Morris Dancers, Professor Fiddlesticks, Chris Stewart (Magician) and Jessa Liversidge with her singing groups. We also have Rare Breed animals, Ian’s Mobile Farm, Brymor Ice Cream and North Yorkshire Police will be bringing their Dot Peen marking machine which will no doubt be of great interest to all the cyclists who would like their bikes marked.
The Fun Runs are 2 and 5k. Both off road at Millfields. Entry forms are available from the Library or The Galtres Centre or online at Bookitzone.com. The first five in each race will get trophies and everyone else will get a medal.
The Band Contest will begin at 5pm and we anticipate a similar number of bands entering this year. They each play two tunes: one standing in the Market Place and the other marching from the end of Tan Pit Lane to outside the front of The George Hotel. There are numerous prizes for different categories of band.
The whole event finishes around 9.30pm.
Image courtesy of JPO Photography