It is with great sadness that the band has recently learned of the passing of Wingates stalwart, Terry Holden. Terry, a cornet player, joined Wingates band in 1957 and continued to play with the band for over 50 years and latterly became a trustee of the band until ill health prevented him from being a more active member. Terry was… Read more »
The band were delighted to play to another full house on Saturday 21st October, in our ‘Best of British’ concert at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Westhoughton, one of our local churches. The band were on great form once again led by our charismatic Musical Director Paul Andrews. There was also some fantastic solo playing in particular from Andrew MacDonald (Cornet),… Read more »
The 100 Club draw has taken place for August and the lucky winner is Paul Andrews. We do hope that Paul enjoys spending his winnings.
The 100 Club draw has taken place for June and the lucky winner is Anita Shaw. We do hope that Anita enjoys spending her winnings.
It was with pleasure that the band held their first draw to determine the winner of the May 100 Club Lottery. The lucky winner was Susan Densfield who won £65.
It is with sadness and regret that we have to announce the end of an era as our Band President, Mr David Kaye, has now retired. David has been a loyal servant and ardent supporter of the band for over 25 years and has seen the band through the many trials and tribulations of band life with a smile on… Read more »
The Wingates Band has announced the signing of six new players ahead of their North West Regional Championship Section challenge in Blackpool on February 28th. Craig McFarland, Gwen McFarland, Dave Black and David Notley join the cornet section, whilst Melanie McFarland and Chris Billington come in on tenor horn.
Wingates Band are pleased to announce that they have recently secured a brass repairing sponsorship contract with Brass Toff Ltd. Trustee and Vice Chairman Tony Smith commented, “This is a very important move in order to consolidate our quest to bring continued financial security to Wingates Band.” Brass Toff is a instrument repair/service/sales business established in 1983. Providing a full range of services catering… Read more »
WINGATES BAND REMEMBERS ITS FOREFATHERS WHO PERISHED IN PIT DISASTER The story of Wingates Band, shortly to enter its 144th year, has seen many wonderful triumphs, but major trauma too. By far the blackest chapter in the band’s long history came on 21st December 1910, when, of the 344 men and boys killed instantly in a massive underground explosion at… Read more »
Way back in 1925, when the BBC was still in its infancy, the sounds of Westhoughton’s internationally-renowned Wingates Band were first heard on transmissions by our national broadcaster. In the intervening 90 years, Wingates has featured on innumerable BBC radio programmes – and with a few TV appearances as well – with its music regularly heard by national and international… Read more »