UP to 400 children and adults enjoyed a musical treat when Ramsbottom Music Festival took over the town.

Jackie Martindale, an internationally-recognised inspector, praised the volunteer-run event, now in its 28th year.

For the primary school event, at Woodhey High, Hazlehurst Primary School Brass Band, directed by Mike Golding, was awarded first Prize in the instrumental group.

Meanwhile Bury Grammar Girls' Year 3 and 4 choir won The Ronald Frost Memorial Trophy for Unison Singing, and their Years 5 and 6 triumphed in the Marshall’s Mono Trophy for Part Singing. Each choir was directed by Fran Dickson.

The piano competitions, at Greenmount United Reformed Church, saw pupils of Anna Kojder, from Whitefield, walk away with more than half the trophies on offer.

In the singing classes, at Greenmount Primary, Prestwich boy Alfie Weston, won trophies in both the classical/folk solo and popular/light vocal for his age, and also won out in Grade 5 Piano. Jay Broadhurst, of Radcliffe, achieved similar vocal victories to Alfie.

Holy Cross College’s Choral Scholars walked away with The Ramsbottom Choral Society Trophy for Senior Choirs, directed by Abbie Lynn.

Karl Taylor, of Bury Music Service, saw his students Daniel Galloway and Aidan Raggett, clinch the TNT (UK) Ltd Trophy for acoustic guitar, and Lakes-Good Trophy for electric guitar respectively.

Claudia Broadley-Bonilla and Thomas Lee, both pupils of Bury Grammar School cello teacher, Ilona Hepburn, also won trophies in the string classes.