Saddleworth Whit Friday details announced

All 11 contests return on the Saddleworth Whit Friday circuit this year

Whit Friday
  The details of the 11 contests have been announced.

Details of the Saddleworth & Oldham District Whit Friday contests which take place on 10th June have been announced.

There is over £35,000 in prize money to be won this year courtesy of the generous financial support from private sponsorship and the support of Oldham Council.

Some changes

Despite a three-year Covid-19 hiatus all eleven contests held in 2019 return although there have been some changes to starting and finishing times at venues. Competing bands are reminded that the Saddleworth Whit Friday website offers valuable information to assist them on the day.

The site has details and links to all contests, a map of the area and a contact form where bands can submit their details to all the contests before the event. This is not a registration process but will give organisers helpful contact details ahead of time.

To find out more go to: www.saddleworthwhitfriday.co.uk

Some contests will also post information on the number of bands waiting to play on the twitter account: @FridayWhit

Delph contest will also be tweeting information on waiting times for bands @dephcontest


Saddleworth & Oldham District:
Area Open Champion: £2,500, 2nd: £1,000, 3rd: £750, Youth: £250
Local Area Champion: £750, 2nd: £600, 3rd: £400
The Saddleworth & Oldham Contests are supported by Oldham Council


Contest: 4.00pm -10.30pm (subject to numbers waiting and Police guidance)
Main Prize: £1,000
Prize Fund: £4,060
Adjudicator: Leigh Baker
Contact: Mr R. Rodgers (01457 874354)
Bands can contact on the night itself (07742230464)
twitter: @delphcontest



Contest: 4.00pm — 10.30pm
Main Prize: £1,000
Prize Fund: £3,690
Adjudicator: Allan Holdsworth
Contact: Andrina Baxter (07920763979)
twitter: @denshawcontest



Contest: 4.00pm -10.30pm
Main Prize: £800
Prize Fund: £3,215
Adjudicator: Helen Douthwaite-Teasdale
Contact: B. Cliffe (07703184200)
twitter: @DiggleContest
Facebook: DiggleBandContest
Instagram: digglecontest


Contest: 4.00pm -10.00pm
Main Prize: £750
Prize Fund: £2,835
Adjudicator: Brian Rostron

Contact: Gavin Roberts (07877015169)
twitter: @DobcrossWhitFri


Third, Fourth & Youth Sections only

Contest: 4.30pm -10.30pm
Main Prize: £200
Prize Fund: £575
Adjudicator: T. Newbigging
Contact: J. Barrett (01457 870612)


Registration from: 3.30pm

Contest: 4.00pm -10.00pm
Main Prize: £1,000
Prize Fund: £4,350
Adjudicator: Chris Wormald
Contact: Frank Rothwell (07802938270)


Contest: 4.00pm — 10.00pm
Main Prize: £700
Prize Fund: £2,465
Adjudicator: Christopher Bond
Contact: Anna Oldfieid (07799200454)
twitter: @WhitBrass


Contest: 4.00pm -10.30pm
Main Prize: £850
Prize Fund: £3,210
Adjudicator: Sam Fisher

Contact: Gordon Beverley (07932 747590

Lees & Springhead:

Contest: 4.30pm -10.00pm
Main Prize: £500
Prize Fund: £1,755
Adjudicator: Alan Fernie
Contact: tbc

Scouthead & Austerlands:

Contest: 4.00pm -11.00pm
Main Prize: £1,000
Prize Fund: £4,700
Adjudicator: Jonathan Pippen

Contact: D. Needham (0161 6520341)
Email: scoutheadbandcontest@gmail.com


Contest 4:00pm-10:30pm
Main Prize: £1,000
Prize Fund: £3,500
Adjudicator: David Marshall
Contact: Pam Armstrong (07851 370442)
Facebook: @Uppermillwhitfriday
Twitter: @UppermillWhit2

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