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By now everyone knows that due to Coronavirus there will be no Whit Friday walks or contests in 2020

Hail Smiling Morn.

Not to be put off, Delph Band have created this insight into our great tradition.


Whit Friday in Delph

An insight into the tradition of Whit Friday, featuring a social distance performance of Hail Smiling Morn.#saddleworthdayofmusic #whitfriday #hailsmilingmorn@Saddleworth Day of Music

Posted by Delph Band on Friday, 5 June 2020

As we are unable to have the usual outdoor service on the morning of Whit Friday due to the curtailment of outdoor worship, there will be a service streamed from the Church of England in Saddleworth website at 11.00 am on Whit Friday morning. There will be brass music, traditional hymns, prayers, readings, reflections, video clips and pictures of past Whit Fridays from all the Saddleworth churches who take part in Whit Friday walks of witness. This service will remain on the website for some time so if you are not able to visit on Whit Friday morning, there is no need to miss this celebration.  

If the words of the traditional introduction to Whit Friday ‘Hail Smiling Morn’ remain a mystery to you, there will be the opportunity to hear it sung by the choir of Saddleworth Musical Society in a Zoom production available on their website from early on Whit Friday throughout the day. Maintaining a wonderful tradition in these strange times! 


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Please note :-

The suggestion that members of the community should play instruments or sing on the day is totally unrelated to this organisation or to the Saddleworth and Oldham Group of Contests. Please remember that if you do wish to play or sing, this should be within the confines of your own garden or surrounding area of your home and social distancing should be observed, unless of course Government guidelines change during the run up to June 5th

Results for WHIT FRIDAY 2019 – June 14th


1st – Brighouse and Rastrick 2nd – Hepworth  3rd – Milnrow  4th – Aldbourne  5th – Leyland  6th – The Fairey Band  7th – Chav Brass

Highest Placed Non-Championship – The Alexander Band   Best 3rd/4th Section –  Whitworth Vale and Healey   Best Local  Oldham Music Centre   2nd Best Local – Uppermill

Youth winners- Wardle Academy  2nd  Best Youth – Rochdale Borough Youth

 Best Saddleworth – Diggle ‘A’

Solo Prizes – Cornet, Euph, Basses and Trombone – Brighouse   Soprano – Hepworth

Deportment – Tewit Youth – Trophy for Conductor of the winning band is Dr David Thornton

For a full list of results at all contests visit www.saddleworthwhitfriday


Brighouse and Rastrick     Runners-up :-  Oldham Band Lees     Third Place :- The Fairey Band

Local Winners :- Milnrow Band      Runners-up :- Marsden Silver     Third Place :- Uppermill

Youth Champions – Wardle Academy

(Thanks to Oldham Council and Saddleworth and Lees District Partnership)

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                    Overall Winners :- Brighouse and Rastrick     Runners-up :-  The Oldham Band Lees     Third Place :- Faireys

Local Winners :- Milnrow Band      Runners-up :- Marsden Silver     Third Place :- Uppermill

Youth Champions – Wardle Academy


Thanks to Saddleworth and Lees District Partnership for funding the majority of the prize money and the essential stewards, toilets etc – also to Oldham MBC for their continued support in providing signage, parking cones, parking restrictions and road closures etc

Also for their support, advice and liaison throughout the year



Major Sponsors

We are very grateful to all our major sponsors of the contest and if you would like to know more about them and their products/services please click on the links below. They make our contest possible – please use them if you can.




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