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Following last weeks decision in Oldham to cancel their Brass Band Competitions this year Tameside has now followed suit.

The Chairman of The Friends Of Whit Friday Brass Band Contest Committee, Adam Pickles, made the statement today confirming the news.

Following unanimous decision made at the full committee meeting last night (which we held digitally) the FOTWFBBC have made the decision not to host the annual band contest in 2021. Please see the statement from the groups chair below.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, uncertainty regarding large scale events and gatherings and the various Health and Safety aspects involved the Friends of Tameside Whit Friday Brass Band Committee has decided to postpone the 2021 contests here in Tameside until 2022.

This is a very difficult time for all of us and we believe that the risks out way the benefits at the current time. Whilst this comes as a major blow following last year’s postponement, we firmly believe the postponement is in the best interests of all groups involved; bands, organisers, volunteers and the wider public. 

Whilst we want to apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment this may causes, we can assure you all this decision has not been an easy one to make and has not been taken lightly.

This year we will once again be supporting Foden’s Online Whit Friday Contest and are investigating a number of exciting ideas for the Autumn. More information and details will be shared as these ideas develop; we want to support grass roots banding as much as we can.

We cannot stress how important the Whit Band Contests are to our committees and volunteers, the 140year+ legacy and heritage holds a special place in our hearts and we will do everything we can to ensure it continues and flourishes moving into 2022 and beyond!

Adam Pickles


The Friends of Tameside Whit Friday Brass Band Contest Committee


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