Successful jazz event set to return to town

Hartlepool Zodiac Jazz Band member Jeannette Roach plays the drums
Hartlepool Zodiac Jazz Band member Jeannette Roach plays the drums

THE Borough Hall was jazzed up as a national competition came to town for the very first time.

The Headland venue played host to the Great Britain Jazz Band Championships yesterday – welcoming 14 bands from throughout the north of England.

Town jazz band The Hartlepool Ambassadors, who organised this year’s championships, were delighted with this year’s event.

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It was so successful that the event has already been booked to return to Hartlepool next year.

Ambassadors chairman Robert Graham, 23, said: “It was a brilliant day, everything went exactly how we had planned it, it was great.”

The bands gathered at the venue yesterday morning and after a dress inspection each team had 15 minutes in the arena to perform their display and attempt to impress the 12 judges.

After deliberation, winners were decided in each of the three divisions with the victorious bands coming from Blyth, Sunderland and Newcastle.

Due to the fact they had organised the event, the Ambassadors didn’t take part in the competition, but still had chance to show off their skills in their own display.

Fellow Hartlepool band the Zodiacs did take part in the competition but missed out on a winning prize.

Robert added: “The standard was really high and it was nice to be able to chat to all of the members of the different bands.

“Everyone seemed to really enjoy it, we had some really nice comments at the end of the day.”

Residents played their part in helping to make the event a success by making up an impressive size audience.

Anyone who has a passion for jazz is urged to get involved with the Hartlepool Ambassadors.

The band, which has 30 members aged four upwards, meets every Sunday between 6pm and 8pm at Westbourne Methodist Church, in Stockton Road, Hartlepool.

For more information, call Robert on (01429) 409826.

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