The band competed in the North West Area Contest held at the Blackpool Winter Gardens on Sunday 26th February. This was our first time in the Championship section at this contest for a number of years. This is arguably one of the toughest contests, against some of the finest bands in the North West. When it came to the results, we were placed 9th. Our congratulations go to Foden's, Milnrow and the Fairey band who will represent the North West at the National Finals in London later in the year.  Full results below:

Test Piece: Pageantry (Herbert Howells)
Adjudicators: David Lancaster and Dr Roger Webster

1. Foden's (Prof Nicholas Childs)*
2. Milnrow (Mark Bentham)*
3. Fairey (Garry Cutt)**
4. Co-operative Funeralcare North West (Jeff Sparkes)
5. Ashton-Under-Lyne (Philip Chalk)
6. Wingates (Paul Andrews)
7. Leyland (Thomas Wyss) 
8. Vernon Building Society Poynton (Stig Maersk)
9. Longridge (Mark Peacock)
10. Diggle (Steven Walsh)
11. Roberts Bakery (Simon Stonehouse)
12. Blackburn & Darwen (Neil Samuel)

*Foden's and Milnrow qualify for National Finals
**Fairey pre-qualified

We are now busy preparing music for our Patrons' request concert which is held at the Longridge Civic Hall on Saturday 18th March. Tickets are £9, available on the door. There is also free entry to all of our current Patrons. Mark has now finalised the programme, and we are looking forward to what promises to be a great evening.