A WEEK of cultural events in Kirkby Lonsdale has begun today with the town's historic annual brass band competition.

Eight bands took part in the 2014 Kirkby Lonsdale Brass Contest, in which 11 trophies were up for grabs.

Top prize - the Simmy Hartley Trophy - went to Pilling Jubilee Silver Band while the best junior band trophy went to Barrow Shipyard Junior Band.

Pilling's Len Charnock was awarded the E V Greenwood Memorial Trophy as the winning conductor.

Music adjudicator was veteran band conductor Derek Broadbent, famous in the band world for arranging the version of the Floral Dance which Brighouse and Rastrick band topped the British pop charts in the 1970s.

At the end of the contest, a 'massed bands' concert was conducted by Mr Charnock.

Throughout the coming week in Kirkby Lonsdale there will be music concerts, arts exhibitions, art and craft workshops, children's events and theatrical performances.

Full results of the Kirkby Lonsdale Brass Band Contest 2014:

  • 1st Simmy Hartley Trophy - Pilling Jubilee Silver
  • 2nd The Sedgwick Trophy - Old Hall Brass
  • 3rd Tom Peak Trophy - jointly by Thornton Cleveleys and Burneside Brass
  • Best Hymn: Geoffrey Tempest Trophy - Old Hall
  • Best March: Tim Rose Trophy - Pilling
  • Best Entertainment: The Kirkby Lonsdale Cup - Pilling
  • Best Soloist - David French, of Burneside
  • Deportment - P D Ogden Trophy - Thornton Cleveleys
  • Kirkby Lonsdale Junior Band Trophy - Barrow Shipyard Band