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Oct 02

Dedication – in Memory of Terry Hill

WWBBA TrophiesOn its return to local contesting the Tongwynlais Temperance Band claimed the winner’s trophy and the best instrumentalist award for the band’s solo trombone player Jo Hurst at the West Wales Brass Band Association contest in Fishguard.

The contest victory featured the band’s performance of Simon Dobson’s The Journey of the Lone Wolf the testpiece at the forthcoming Championship Section National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall.

The performance, directed by the band’s resident MD Christopher Bond, marked Tongwynlais’ return to the Welsh contesting scene and speaking after their win Chairman Iestyn Davies said, “We were delighted to win at the local contest and are keen to continue to support the local contest season whenever possible.”

Iestyn continued, “The win came at a good time in advance of  the ‘Nationals’ but more importantly we are proud to be able to dedicate the performance to the memory of Terry Hill who’s tragic death in the summer has impacted so many of us, as well as to our friends at the Tylorstown Band where Terry will always be remembered. Local contesting is a time to compete but more importantly a chance to share in the experience of banding with so many friends we have made over the years.”

In his adjudication, Mike Kilroy, praised all the band’s soloists and provided valuable feedback on the preparations ahead of the contest and the Nationals where, once again, it will be representing Wales in a strong field of contenders from across the UK. In November it will compete at the last leg of the Welsh league in Merthyr Tydfil before embarking on a series of Christmas events and concerts to end the year.

The full Championship Section results were: 1st Tongwynlais 193pts, 2nd Llwydcoed 191pts, 3rd Goodwick 188pts, 4th Tylorstown 187pts, 5th Burry Port 185pts, 6th Pontadulais 184pts.