THIRTY bands entertained Pershore a variety of genres of music were performed.

Pershore Midsummer Brass came to town with music from film scores to Faure ad and new productions played for the first time exciting watching crowds.

The event began with fanfare from the top of the Abbey Tower, which could be heard from across the town.

Players from Bretforton Silver band then played the first concert in the Abbey where the band and audience were treated to a welcome from Bob Gillmor the town mayor.

This year six new bands joined the line-up.

Filton Concert Brass from near Bristol, Jackfield Band from Telford, Gloucestershire Police Band, Langley Community Band and the West Midlands Salvation Army Youth Band and Ledbury Community Band.

There were also training and youth bands at Pershore, giving new players the opportunity to take part, including Bret Set Go, Nunnery Wood High School Brass Band, the West Mercia Police Youth Band, West Midlands Brass Academy and the West Midlands Salvation Army Youth Band.

Chairman of the organising committee, John West, said: “There is something special about listening to the youth and training bands as they seek to progress their talent giving to the public a performance worthy of the greatest applause.

"At the other ends of the scale there were bands that have been at the top of the listings and competing nationally, showing why they have enjoyed such success.

"Although most people come from nearer to Pershore some came from as far afield as Edinburgh, Norfolk, North Yorkshire and Kent to enjoy the day.

"The committee is a very small one - if anyone would like to join us to help with next year’s event we would be very pleased to welcome you.

"We are indebted to these good folk, many who come year after year, to support us and make the day run smoothly and they cheerfully welcome the bands and the public.

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Next year's event takes place on Saturday July 7.