I have just started on a history project about the Backworth Colliery Band and it's history. I've already got together enough information to put a potted history of the band http://www.backworthcollieryband.org.uk/history/index.php and some contest results http://www.backworthcollieryband.org.uk/history/archive.php However there is very little information in the public domain about things like the Northumberland Miners' Picnic and the CISWO contests. I have been to the archives at Woodhorn and they have some stuff, but if anyone has been involved in North East banding in the past and can help me with information regarding contests that Backworth did/were likely to have attended, or anything else for that matter, then thank you. I'm especially interested in the old format of the CISWO contest - I understand there were qualifiers for this, all I know is that they ended in 1994 (I think!), so if anyone can help that would be great.