Boys’ brigade band hits all the right notes

The 10th South Shields Boys' Brigade have been named as champions in the traditional contest class.
The 10th South Shields Boys' Brigade have been named as champions in the traditional contest class.

A South Tyneside-based youth group have hit all the right notes in a national contest.

The 10th South Shields Boys’ Brigade travelled to Stoke to take part in the brigade’s British Marching Bands Championships.

The 10th South Shields company of the Boys' Brigade held a fun day to boost their profile.

The 10th South Shields company of the Boys' Brigade held a fun day to boost their profile.

Around 20 members, aged between eight and 32, spent hours honing their musical skills ahead of the event earlier this month.

Despite tough competition from entrants around the country, their hard work paid off and they won the title of best display and best drill.

They also took the title of champions in the traditional contest class.

Captain Dave Cooper said: “The band have spent many hours practicing their music and marching up and down a car park in Laygate.

I’m very proud of each and every one of them and very thankful for their dedication and support.

Captain Dave Cooper

“I’m very proud of each and every one of them and very thankful for their dedication and support.

“I also have a team of dedicated officers, who along with the band, have spent many hours organising and planing the music and display.”

As well as the success at the band contest, the Boys’ Brigade has hosted a day of activities to showcase what they have to offer young people.

The event was held at Temple Park Centre and organised by the South Shields Battalion.

Around 70 young people of all ages took part in the activities which included a music session with members of the 10th South Shields Brigade band.

Treasurer of the South Shields Battalion, Rob McDonnell, said: “Recently the Battalion held a fun day at Temple Park.

“The event was aimed at raising our profile and letting people know that we are still active in the town and are a positive force for both boys and girls in South Tyneside.

“We had over 70 children who came along and enjoyed a full day of games and activities.”

The 10th company, based at St Jude’s Church in Laygate, is looking for new members.

The group offers young people the chance to learn a host of skills, including first aid and road safety.

Members take part in Keep Britain Tidy activities, outdoor pursuits, Christian teachings, bible and craft work.

For more information on the Boys’ Brigade at St Jude’s Church, contact 455 0889.