Spring Festival details announced

The organisers of the 96th British Open Spring Festival have announced further details for the contests which will take place at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Saturday 14th May.

The Senior Cup will be the first event to go get under way at 10.00am, with the Grand Shield starting in the Opera House at 10.30am and Senior Trophy in the Spanish Hall at 11.15am.

The adjudicating team who will make the all important decisions comprises Nigel Boddice MBE, Dr Robert Childs, John Doyle, Allan Ramsey, Sandy Smith and Dr David Thornton. The pairings for each section will be announced on the day.

Tickets will be available on the day from the Box Office with adults £12.00 and concessions £7.00.

The Grand Shield:
Opera House
Test Piece: Of Distant Memories (Edward Gregson)


First Prize: £800 and Grand Shield

Second Prize: £600

Third Prize: £400

Fourth Prize: £300


Draws: 9.30am & 1.00pm

Commence: 10.30am


F: First half draw

S: Second half draw


Aldbourne (David Johnson) (F)

Ashton-under-Lyne (Philip Chalk) (F)

Burry Port Town (Michael Thorne) (F)

Camborne Town (Kevin Mackenzie) (S)

Carlton Main Frickley Colliery) (tba) (S)

Co-operative Funeralecare (North West) (Jef Sparkes) (F)

East Yorkshire Motor Services (tba) (S)

Friary Guildford (Chris King) (S)

Hepworth (Mark Peacock) (F)

Jaguar Land Rover (Dave Lea) (S)

Kirkintilloch (tba) (F)

Marsden Silver Prize (John Hinckley) (S)

Mount Charles (Nigel Seaman) (F)

Northop Silver (Andrew Berryman) (S)

Pemberton Old Wigan DW (Kevin Gibbs) (F)

Reg Vardy (Russell Gray) (F)

Tongwynlais Temperance (Glyn Williams) (S)

Virtuosi GUS (Adam Cooke) (S)

Whitburn (Prof. Nicholas Childs) (S)

Wingates (Paul Andrews) (F)



The Senior Cup:
Pavilion Theatre
Test Piece: Music for Battle Creek (Philip Sparke)


First Prize: £600 and Belle Vue 100 Guinea Challenge Cup

Second Prize: £400

Third Prize: £300

Fourth Prize: £200

Draws: 9.00am & 12.40pm

Commence: 10.00am


F: First half draw

S: Second half draw


Aveley & Newham (John Ward) (S)

BTM (Jeff Hutcherson) (F)

Blackburn & Darwen (Huw Thomas) (S)

City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) (Dewi Griffiths) (S)

Derwent Brass (Keith Leonard) (F)

Fishburn (Joseph Cook) (S)

Kingdom Brass (Paul Drury) (F)

Llwydcoed (Chris Turner) (F)

NASUWT Riverside (tba) (F))

Newstead Brass (Duncan Beckley) (S)

Newtongrange Silver (Dr Keith Wilkinson) (F)

Rainford (Gareth Brindle) (S)

Ratby Co-operative (Michael Fowles) (F)

Redbridge (Alan Duguid) (S)

Skelmanthorpe (Jim Davies) (F)

St Dennis (Darren Hawken) (F)

Staffordshire (Leigh Baker) (S)

Thoresby Colliery (Jonathan Pippen) (S)

Unite the Union (City of Sheffield) (David Hirst) (S)

Vernon Building Society (Poynton) (Neil Samuel) (F)

Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel (Stig Maersk) (F)



The Senior Trophy:
Spanish Hall
Test Piece: James Cook Circumnavigator (Gilbert Vinter)


First Prize: £600 and Senior Trophy

Second Prize: £400

Third Prize: £300

Fourth Prize: £200


Draws: 10.15am & 1.20pm

Commence: 11.15am


F: First half draw

S: Second half draw


1st Old Boys (Stephen Cairns) (F)

Bo’ness & Carriden (Andrew Duncan) (F)

City of Bradford (Lee Skipsey) (S)

Dalmellington (tba) (S)

Drighlington (John Roberts) (F)

East London Brass (Jayne Murrill) (S)

Felling (tba) (F)

Filton Concert Brass (Tom Davoren) (S)

Foresters Brass 2000 (Jack Capstaff) (F)

Goodwick Brass (Matthew Jenkins) (S)

Jackfield (Elcock Reisen) (Simon Platford) (S)

Laganvale (Metal Technology) (Stephen Crooks) (S)

Leicester Co-op (Graham Jacklin) (F)

Longridge (Mark Peacock) (S)

Medway (Melvin White) (S)

Oldham (Lees) (John Collins) (F)

Roberts Bakery (Simon Stonehouse) (F)

SPAL Sovereign Brass (Trevor Jones) (S)

Tylorstown (Gary Davies) (F)

Unison Kinneil (Colin McKenzie) (F)

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