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Whitburn Band is celebrating after achieving one of the greatest results in the history of Scottish banding.

The current Scottish, Scottish Open and Grand Shield champion finished runners up at last weekend’s British Open competition, which was held in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.

The result is the joint best result ever achieved by a Scottish band in the 165-year history of the competition, which is the most prestigious brass band contest in the world.

All of the bands in the British Open played the same piece of music – the wonderful Fraternity by Thierry Deleruyelle, which is inspired by a French mining disaster in Douai in 1906 that claimed over 1,000 lives.

Whitburn were conducted at the event by Frenchman Florent Didier.

The contest was won by the Valaisia Band from Switzerland, meaning Whitburn were also the best British band on the day.

Attention for Whitburn’s players now turns to the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, which will be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London next month.

David Kinross, Whitburn Band President, commented: “The band has had one of the best years in our history.

“We are proud to represent West Lothian and Scotland at these major international events.

“The band and conductor Florent were inspired and delivered what we all knew was possible.

“Our players and supporters work very hard to ensure Whitburn perform to the best of our abilities and we are all now looking forward to London.”