Thoresby Colliery Band celebrate top award at Butlins Mineworkers Championships

MEMBERS of the award-winning Thoresby Colliery Band are celebrating after scooping another top award at the Butlins Mineworkers Championships.

The Edwinstowe-based band beat some tough competition to take home the Bill Lippeatt Memorial Trophy as the highest placed mining band at Butlins in Skegness last weekend.

Across all sections of the competition, a total of 95 bands from all over the country performed and Thoresby competed amongst the top section elite of 12 championship bands.

The competition involved a set test piece on the Saturday and an own choice entertainments programme on the Sunday.

The Mineworkers Championships began in the 1950s and at the time all entrants were colliery bands.

But in more recent times, the competition has been opened up to other types of bands and moved to its current home at Butlins in 2003 as a way of accommodating more entries.

Band secretary Jackie Greensted said the result marked Thoresby’s best performance in recent years at the championships.

“The “Bill Lippeatt Memorial Trophy” is of particular significance to the band as it not only acknowledges the band’s colliery links but William Lippeatt himself conducted the band for many years,” she added.

In 2010 the band won the Entertainments Prize at the competition. The band is looking forward to another busy schedule of concerts already lined up for 2012.

Details can be found on the band’s website.

For enquiries about booking the band contact chairman George Kennedy on 07885104919.