A SUPER celebration of young musical talent filled the St John Fisher Presbytery as the Kearsley Youth Brass Brand held its annual awards night.

The evening was kicked off with performances from Kearsley Training Band and Kearsley Youth Band before awards were presented to members by the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Hilary Fairclough, and her consort Don.

Among the night’s winners was 11-year-old Ocean Adams, from the Training Band, who picked up accolades for The Most Improved Band Member and The Best Attendance Award.

After the ceremony attendees enjoyed a buffet before they danced the night away to musical entertainment.

Cllr Fairclough described the band as the “epitome of community”, adding: “It was a pleasure to be asked to attend the awards night for Kearsley Brass Band.

“What a wonderful group. Not only a very competent and professional performance, but they are so inclusive ­— allowing their training band, a mixture of age ranges of some 60 years and mixed ability to perform and show the audience what they can do.”

Earlier this year the brass band was awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service ­— the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK ­— in recognition of its efforts to benefit the community.

The band is also currently fundraising to support its tour to Oslo in Norway, which is scheduled to take place in August 2020, in commemoration of the organisation’s 10th anniversary.