Final winners

PUBLISHED: 10:48 23 November 2006 | UPDATED: 11:14 06 May 2010

Dan Hunt, lead singer of Final Farewell, celebrates their victory

Dan Hunt, lead singer of Final Farewell, celebrates their victory

THE Sandy Battle of the Bands music extravaganza ended on a sour note when police had to be called following a theft. Over 100 youngsters packed into the auditorium at Sandy Upper School on Saturday to hear the cream of local bands battle it out for the £

They get the crowd going during their set

THE Sandy Battle of the Bands music extravaganza ended on a sour note when police had to be called following a theft.

Over 100 youngsters packed into the auditorium at Sandy Upper School on Saturday to hear the cream of local bands battle it out for the £100 first prize.

Unfortunately, during the event a girl had her purse and her mobile phone stolen which was when police were called.

Local resident and campaigner for youth who helped organise the event Ken Lynch said: "It was such a fantastic event and then this happened.

One of the organisers Ken Lynch hands the winner’s trophy to Final Farewell watched by judges

"It only takes one person to upset what had been a great day. I am making sure the young girl gets her money back and a new mobile phone which will come out of my own pocket.

"We raised £110 from youngsters paying £1 each to get in which will go towards the old folks' Christmas party organised by students from the school.

"But all the bands were fantastic and proved what great musical talent there is in the area."

Winners of the three hour musical battle were Final Farewell who picked up the trophy and first prize of £100. Second was The Damage who picked up £50 and third was My Devotion who pocketed £25.

All the prizes were donated by Martin Burnside, owner of Gaffneys Restaurant which is due to open soon.

It is hoped to stage a second Battle of the Bands in March or April next year.

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