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Old History

Let us go back to 1852 in Linthwaite, there were no motor cars (Standard/Triumph car company was only formed in 1900's), the first edition of the Huddersfield and Holmfirth Examiner Newspaper had been printed on Saturday 6th September 1851, Woods music shop had already been open for 3 years and we were still some 30 years away from having a Town Hall in Huddersfield. The Band headquarters was only a few hundred yards away from where we are based today.

In 1855 Edwin Swift was appointed solo cornet player/conductor at 13 years old and so began a long successful period with the band which lasted until Edwin's death in 1904. Under Edwin's direction the Linthwaite Band attended the Belle Vue Brass Band Championships 22 times from 1869 - 1891 and was placed in the prizes 16 times, 1st in 1874.

In 1877 Linthwaite Band won 1st prize at an Edinburgh Festival and was awarded �60, the highest prize money ever paid at a contest to a brass Band. The title "Prize Band" was added to Linthwaite at this time for the achievement of winning 1st Prize at the same contest for three years running, and also for winning 1st Prize at three different contests. 1896 saw Linthwaite Band's first outing to the Whit Friday processions by playing for the Salem Moravian Sunday School in Lees, Oldham.
In 1908 Linthwaite Band held public rehearsals at Lindley Bandroom and Milnsbridge skating rink. For the 1908 Belle Vue contest it is recorded that 30 rehearsals took place in 6 weeks plus extra sectional rehearsals. Now that's dedication!

In 1952 the Band became a "Registered Band" and again started to enter competitions. Under the tuition of its Conductor, John W Morley, the Band had many successes and became a very strong competitor in the 2nd Section (before the Championship Section was formed). In the 1950's, banding started to see some radical changes with the introduction of female band members. Linthwaite Band was thought of as a modern band with our first female bandswoman joining in 1954. Gwen Garside joined the Band on tenor horn and we are proud to say that she is still here today, now under the "pseudonym" of Gwen Iredale.

In 1962 the former premises of the local British Legion at Hoylehouse Fold, Linthwaite became vacant, and the Band took over the premises on a rental basis, where we remain to this day (incidentally we still have 6 players in the band, John Iredale, Gwen Iredale, Haydn Iredale, Bernard T Garside, Peter Swallow, and David Singleton who remember this time). Notable conductors of the sixties and seventies were Mr Herbert, H Howarth, Mr Gordon Pulleyn, and Mr Duncan Beckley, who took the Linthwaite Band at the very start of his conducting career.

In 1993 Mr David Pogson and the band gained 1st Place at the Yorkshire Regional Championships held at St George's Hall, Bradford the band then competed at the National Championships held at Wembley Conference Centre on the 2nd October 1993. The band came sixth on that occasion.

In 1999 Mr Steve Platten was asked to conduct the Linthwaite band by Mr Bernard Garside who was band Secretary. The band took part in the Diggle March Contest, winning the best Third and Fourth section Band Prize. Shortly after the band was requested to play for the Greenfield Methodist Church for their next Whit Friday Processions 16th June 2000, an engagement that has been carried on since.

The band were again to win the Yorkshire Regional Championships at Bradford in March 2002 and competed at the National Finals held at Torquay on the 21st September 2002, the band finished in commendable 11th place on that occasion.

In 2003 a concert was held in the St Paul's Hall, Huddersfield, to celebrate the passing of 150 years of music making in Linthwaite and was attended by more than 100 past and present band members plus families and friends of the band.

In 2004 the band mourned the passing of Peggy Wagstaff who died in February at the grand age of 97. Peggy's past association with the Linthwaite Band is well documented in our history. We also want to remember Alan Baxter who died this year after a long struggle with his illness. Alan joined the band in 1986 and was a loyal, committed and valued player in the band, who is sadly missed.

Over recent years, the band has fulfilled many prestigious engagements at venues such as 'The Royal Armouries', 'Harewood House', 'Ripon Cathedral', 'Wakefield Cathedral' and 'Newby Hall' as well as many charity concerts, civic concerts, garden parties, fetes etc.

Acknowledgments :-

  • Joan Garside
  • Bernard Garside
  • John Iredale
  • Gwen Iredale
  • Steve Platten.