GOODWICK Brass Band has reached this year's UK national brass band finals after a brilliant performance at Wrexham on Saturday lead to it winning the Welsh Regional First Section final.

This means the band will travel to Cheltenham in September for the UK national championships, hoping to repeat their First Section triumph of 2015.

The largely re-shaped band, with a mixture of returning established players and another crop of talented young newcomers, aced its performance of Gilbert Vinter's test piece; Symphony of Marches.

Goodwick came out on top of 11 bands, with Burry Port and Pontarddulais second and third respectively.

Goodwick musical director Matthew Jenkins praised the band's showing:

"It was a great performance with each of our soloists really delivering," he said.

"We had a number of new young players on stage with us in Wrexham so I'm delighted for them that we managed to finish at the very top of the results table."

Judges Roger Webster and Sheona Wade were highly complimentary; saying it was a well-directed performance with lots of detail, good ensemble playing and excellent solo work.

The brass banding website 4barsrest rated Goodwick's performance highly, praising their common sense and well-judged musicality with the "super sop giving it a tasty topping."