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 ANY band who play an unpublished march at the Diggle Contest will have their march published free of charge by Mode for Publishing, courtesy of Tabby Kerwin.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

The difficult decision to cancel the Whit Friday Brass Band Contests has been taken. Please see Bob Rogers' full statement here. We look forward to seeing everyone on 28th May 2021 https://saddleworthwhitfriday.co.uk/

In 1956 Delph Whit Friday Band Contest did not run for the only time in living memory. Sadly, in these uncertain times the future of the 2020 Saddleworth Area Whit Friday Band Contests is in doubt. We will reach a decision by Friday 20th March and will keep you fully informed.

New Prize at Diggle Band Contest. Any previously unpublished march played at #digcon will be published by @tabbykerwin ‘s Mode For...Publishing

Good partnership meeting tonight, supported by @OldhamCouncil & @gmpolice. Plans in place for this year's Contests. It looks as if if will be a good one, with a few improvements.

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