A VILLAGE band is dreaming of national glory after landing a spot in one of the year's biggest contest.

Trimdon Brass has qualified to represent the North East of England in the finals of the countrywide Brass Band Championships to be staged in Cheltenham in September.

The band clinched its place after coming second out of eight bands in the Third Section of the Northern Regional Championships, held at Durham’s Gala Theatre on Saturday, March 16.

Musical director William Harrison said: "This is a wonderful result for the band reflecting the continued development and commitment of each player.

"The band are especially proud of the six members of the winning team who are under the age of 18. These youngsters have progressed through from the bands training band."

Chairman Nichola Tempest-Hall said: "To come second after being newly promoted is a fantastic achievement and then to go on to represent Trimdon and the North East in the National finals really is a dream come true. I am so proud of the character and team spirit Trimdon Brass show."

Members are now focused on raising the necessary funds to take part in the finals.

Players have a busy concert schedule ahead and are looking forward to performing at Ripon Entertainment Contest in June and accompanying the Trimdon Colliery Banner in to Durham Miners Gala in July.

The band thanked the community of Trimdon for its continued support.

To support the band contact Dennis Jordan on 01429-880285 or by email to trimdonband@aol.com