Brass musicians complete Three Peaks Challenge with instruments strapped to their backs

Dan Knott is doing the Three Peaks Challenge for the MS Society and will be playing his tuba at the top of each peak.

Dan Knott is doing the Three Peaks Challenge for the MS Society and will be playing his tuba at the top of each peak.

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A BRASS band played a gleeful tune after conquering an uphill challenge.

Thirty musicians from around the UK took part the Three Peaks Challenge – complete with their instruments strapped to their backs – in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, with the fund-raisers smashing their £10,000 target with about £16,000 collected so far.

Among them was tuba player Dan Knott, 29, of West Boldon, who lost almost five stone training for the triple challenge. He said it was an amazing experience, despite a couple of delays – including helping a hiker who had lost her group down Scarfell Pike.

“It was exhausting,” he said. “But it all went very well, and everyone really enjoyed it.

We did it just in time. The challenge has to be done in 24 hours, and we did it in 23 hours and 53 minutes.

“The camaraderie between everyone was fantastic, and considering some of us didn’t know anyone when we started, I think we’ve made friends for life.”

The ensemble, named Three Peaks Brass, took on the task of climbing the three highest mountains in England, Scotland, and Wales and playing a national song of each country at the summit of each.

Flower of Scotland was played on Ben Nevis, Jerusalem on Scarfell Pike and Land of My Fathers on Snowdon.

To donate to the cause, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/3peaksbrass.