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So that's this years regional championships over, with the last one in the London & Southern Counties region taking place last weekend (16 & 17 March). The winners go on to the lower section fnals in Cheltenham and the Championship finals at the Albert Hall, London, in September. And the rest go home to consider what didn't go right and to resolve to do better next year. Sadly, Tintwistle falls into the latter, as we didn't deliver on the contest stage, coming 9th out of 13.

This was doubly sad since it was MD Andrew Mallon's first contest with us, after being appointed in January. However, in some respects, it was almost a relief to get to the contest since, as with most bands, we were short of players and had to rely on deps to fill the gaps. So a big thank you to Rachel on euphonium,  Richard on Timpani and to Lois, Colin and Gary on cornet.

It must be said that competing in the Midlands region is unusual for us, since our normal rivals compete either in the Northwest of Yorkshire regions, for reasons of which I won't bore you. Needless to say, playing in Bedworth, Warwickshire does not inspire- the venue is ok but there were no trade stalls and the performances were not recorded as they are in the other regions. Almost the highlight of the day was the post performance analysis in the local Wetherspoon' s pub (other pubs are available!).