CROWDS enjoyed some top brass entertainment in Pershore over the weekend as more than 30 prestigious bands flocked to the town for the Midsummer Brass Festival.

About 800 people enjoyed 12 hours of non-stop brass entertainment on Saturday from more than 1,000 musicians from across the UK.

Bands entertained the crowds for free in venues across the town with Worcester Youth Brass Band opening the event in Chapman Court and other performances in Pershore Abbey and The Angel Inn Hotel.

Visitors enjoyed music from all levels of English and Welsh bands at this year's event including the famous Championship Jaguar Land Rover Band, Stourport on Severn Brass, Welsh heroes Tongwynlais,Tewkesbury Band and Lydney Training Band.

Committee member Val Trim said: "It went brilliantly. The weather stayed good and all our bands turned up and they all played very well. There were lots of highlights from the day.

"It was well organised, interesting and everybody enjoyed themselves. It was one of the best, everything flowed well, there were no hitches on the day and people stayed right to the end.

"Twelve hours is a long stint and we had audiences who stayed right to the end. Next year it's on July 4th. There may be an American theme."

Pershore Midsummer Brass was resurrected in 2011 after several years’ absence and it now attracts audiences from all over Britain as well as some international visitors.