“Probably the greatest indoor occasion for
Clifton Band was the Grand Bazaar, as reported was a spectacle of colour and
beauty, showing much forethought and taste on the part of Mr Sam Walton and his
helpers. With Mr H.Brealey in the chair, this bazaar was declared open by Mr
Joseph Hirst on Easter Saturday, April 11th 1903.
Adding to the attractions of
the day, the Clifton band played selections of music at intervals and dance music when
requested. The prices of admission to
this grand bazaar were:- season tickets,
one shilling; Saturday, sixpence; after 6 o’clock three pence; Monday sixpence; Tuesday three
pence; For this three day event a grand
total of £113 – 1 shilling and 7 pence was raised.
In 1904 the band assisted at the annual whit
walk for St Johns church in Clifton. In July the band also played at Bailiff
Bridge Cricket Field. Those are the only two entries I have found for the band
for that year.
The Brighouse News of 20th January 1905. The annual report
of the band stated:
Balance sheet, brought forward
from 1903. £7-18sh – 8 ½ p. Engagements realised £51–17sh-9 ½ p, from
Contributions £13-9sh – 6p, Annual Subscriptions £8-19sh-2p. Total £98-3sh-8 ½
p. The major expenditure was for the
conductor and professional assistance, which left a balance of just £5.
In January and in March the band held two
social evenings to help raise funds. In August of 1904 the band performed at a
concert in aid of a Mr T.Bottomley who had been ill. Tommy Raynor played a
cornet solo. This gentleman was held in high esteem by my first teacher, John
A rather disturbing piece of news emerged in
1905, when on August 11th
we read in the Brighouse News that “ Clifton Brass Band in the County
Court.” Here is the extract from the newspaper of the day.
At the Halifax County Court on Tuesday, the
Clifton Subscription Band were plaintiffs in an action entered against Mr
Reynolds, brass instrument maker, of Salford, for the sum of £5-10sh. Money
paid for an alleged defective instrument - a bass in E flat. Mr W.F.Rhodes (Messrs C. T. Rhodes and son)
appeared for the plaintiffs, and Mr Hinchcliffe for the defendant. The latter
took objection that the band, not being registered as a band, were not
competent to sue.
Mr Rhodes asked for leave to amend his summons
by instituting the names of the forty members. He had supplied these names to
the defendant. Mr Rhodes contended that his honour had the power to do this.
The band did not exist for the purpose of gain. The members paid a weekly
subscription, but got nothing.
His Honour said he had no power to start the
action as there was nothing before the
court. His advice was that the
band should register themselves, and appoint two or three gentlemen who would
accept this office of trustees.
Mr Rhodes said the instrument
was a bassoon nearly thirty years old, and was only fit to be classified as old
metal. The defendants, he said, guaranteed to return all moneys paid for
instruments if not approved after certain periods of trial were allowed.
His Honour said he had no
alternative but to non-suit the plaintiffs. No costs were allowed.
So the band lost its £5 -10sh
and had to pay its solicitors costs.
In 1908 the band undertook the raising of
funds to purchase news uniforms. To this end a series of dances and concerts
Also during August the King Cross band
organised a March and Waltz contest at the White House Farm, Savile Park. The 1st prize for the best waltz went to Black Dyke Juniors with Clifton placed
second. The march contest was won by Brighouse Temperance Band (the fore runner
of what is now Brighouse & Rastrick) with Clifton again in second place.
Assuming both bands entered both sections this will be one time when Clifton
beat Brighouse in a contest!!