NASUWT Riverside brass band bring Grand Shield award back to North East

NASUWT Riverside have been crowned 2019 Grand Shield champions after a recent competition in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.

By Katy Wheeler
Thursday, 20 June, 2019, 11:18
NASUWT Riverside have been crowned 2019 Grand Shield champions. Image courtesy of

Led by Nicholas Childs, the Chester Le Street-based band secured a victory with a rendition of Thierry Deleruyelle's Fraternity.

Speaking about the win, long-serving cornet player Tony Thompson said: "It's incredible. Nick Childs has literally taken us to another level. Everything he did with us was about encouragement and belief. He has given us 100% and the players have responded. I can't thank him enough."

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The winners will be joined in the line-up for the British Open, which takes place in September, by Scottish champion, the cooperation Band.