BRADFORD’S Black Dyke Band has been described as a “national treasure” during a Council meeting.

Last year the Queensbury-based band won the National Brass Band Championships at the Royal Albert Hall.

It was their 24th National title, making them the most successful brass band in history.

At a meeting of Bradford Council this week Councillor Alex Mitchell asked: “Will the portfolio holder for culture join me in congratulating the wonderful Black Dyke Band on their national trophy?”

A response from the Council’s Executive said: “Black Dyke Band are not only a Bradford treasure but surely a national treasure, with wide international influence. Winning the prestigious National Brass Band Championships in 2023 has truly affirmed this Bradford Brass Band firmly on the cultural map.

“We are immensely proud of what the band have achieved, they are an asset to Queensbury and an integral part of Bradford’s cultural landscape.

“The Council’s Small Arts, Culture & Heritage Grant scheme awarded the band £1,500 in February 2023 as a contribution towards their competition costs – a clear example of how the grants have enabled cultural brilliance within our communities and across the district.

“Congratulations to all the members of Black Dyke Band.”