How Long Is It Until Whit Friday?

May 28th 2021


Statement from Bob Rogers, Chair of Saddleworth and Oldham Whit Friday Contests

“Following much soul searching and debate between the 11 Saddleworth and Oldham Whit Friday Contests, we have reluctantly decided that we must follow Government guidelines, and guidance from Brass Bands England,  and not hold the contest in 2020.  

We know that this is one of the highlights of the calendar not only for local people, but also for Brass Bands nationally and internationally.  We look forward to running a fantastic event on 28th May, 2021, and hope that everyone keeps safe throughout these unprecedented times.”

… “to the greatest free show on earth”. The Diggle Band Contest took place for the very first time on the 5th June 2009. The aim of the organising committee was to make this new contest a family friendly occasion, and that is just what we have achieved! We have fabulous food offerings, plenty of space for chairs and blankets and tremendous views.


Calling all composers! ANY band who play an unpublished march at the Diggle Contest will have their march published free of charge by Mode for Publishing, courtesy of Tabby Kerwin.

An opportunity not to be missed!

Our Adjudicator is the fabulous Tabby Kerwin, who stepped into the shoes of her husband, Simon, following his untimely death. She is the first female Whit Friday adjudicator, and had a great time last year.

For information on the other Saddleworth Whit Friday Contests, please see our new website . Please take a look and complete the Registration Form.

A very empty-looking bandstand in Diggle. Wishing you all a good alternative #WhitFriday2020 and see you in 2021. #diggle

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