• Saddleworth Brass Band Contest

    I don’t think of myself as a street photographer, but when the opportunity arises, anything goes as far as photography is concerned. Inspired by my friend Kerstin Arnemann, whose monochrome work is wonderful and who is currently doing a street photography project, I decided to try a little monochrome street photography myself. Last evening’s Saddleworth Band Contest gave me the excuse to get out with my camera and see what I could capture. Unfortunately, the rain came heavy and constant after our first few minutes in the high street, requiring John to dash off to the rescue to buy a plastic shopping bag to cover my camera (note to self not to forget…

  • Saddleworth Band Contests

    The Whit Friday Brass Band Contests take place every year in the Saddleworth villages during the afternoon and evening of Whit Friday.  From around 4.00pm, bands are coached in from all over the country and some from overseas. If you haven’t been and want to get a flavour of it, try watching the film “Brassed Off”. The Band Contests date back to 1884 and have been described as “The greatest free show on earth”. Usually the weather is cold and bleak, but this year, Whit Friday is later and, last night, we were treated to some fine and warm weather, though the clouds were heavy in the evening, making light…

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