Long Eaton Silver Prize Band

The Long Eaton Immortals

The highlight of the 1920s was winning the Cassell’s Saturday Journal Shield as Second Section Champions at Crystal Palace on September 24th, 1927. This success was extensively reported in the local newspapers:

“By securing the Junior Shield (“A” contest) in the National Brass Band Festival at the Crystal Palace on Saturday, the Long Eaton Silver Prize Band has taken a prominent place in the musical world. It is estimated that no less than 3,500 bandsmen took part in the festival, and Long Eaton had to contest with 31 bands in the particular section for which they were awarded the trophy. The contestants were drawn from all parts of the country and their success is more noteworthy by reason of the fact that all the members are drawn from a radius of six miles of Long Eaton. Many of the other competing bands had professional players in their ranks, while the local band was composed of local talent. The test piece was “Don Giovanni” and Long Eaton were drawn sixteenth to compete. Even at that time the members were confident that they would be among the prizes and were not really surprised that they landed the premier trophy.

There is no need for any analysis of the virtues of the band; their work was uniformly brilliant. Unquestionably they had the inspiration in the conducting of Mr. Harry Evetts, which must have been wholly admirable alike in its structural grasp and its entire freedom from applause-catching flourishes and other devices.

To the conductor, Mr. Evetts, and the bandmaster, Mr. G. Flavell, great credit is due, and also to the members for their attention to practice which has brought its due reward. Long Eaton folk learned of their success with feelings of pride, and the town generally will join with us in offering heartiest congratulations.

In all, the Silver Band have secured about fifty prizes, which include a challenge cup at Birmingham, challenge cup at Coalville on two occasions, a cup at Ibstock and, now the premier award in London.

This magnificent triumph was to feature on the band’s headed paper for many years (page 17).

Long Eaton Silver Prize Band 1927

The Cassell’s Saturday Journal Shield Winners 1927

Back Row:

Ted Eden, Tommy Henton, Arthur Walker, E. Hunt, A. Wain, Len Pepper, G. Flavell, A. Turner, F. Lawrence, B. Townsend, George Sawbridge (treasurer)

Middle Row:

Forester Walker (secretary), E. Hudson, H. Smith, Geo. Fletcher, F. Flindall, Jack Smith (aged 12), G. Richards, E. G. Wright, E. J. Hopkins, A. E. Smith, T. Andrews, H. Allen, J. Hunt

Front Row:

C. Freeman, C. A. Sevens, E.V. Hatfield, E. Down, Harold Cox, Harry Evetts (conductor), Counc. J.W. Comery (pres), Bill Wheatley, G. Speed, Albert Edward James Walker, A. Henton, R. Clark