Well, my parole has finally come through!! After 6 years it was a tough call to leave as MD, but wanting to compete at a high level was too much of a pull. I'm looking forward to Christmas lots as it's my last, and look back on six years hard work with much fondness. Contest results have not gone our way on the whole, although we've had moderate success (2nd at Holmfirth, 2nd at Greenfield, 4th at Tameside over the years) and this is the only thing I wish would have been different! Considering where we started, with 8 players and a bandroom where plaster would fall off the walls when you blew too loud, massive strides have taken place. The bandroom is fully refurbed, new instruments, cracking social side, and bums on seats bar a Bb Bass and 3rd cornet. I was wondering if anyone else has, like me, left a band with no animosity, good vibes, and a feeling of a job well done. It's a lovely feeling! As for the future, that be Stalybridge Old Band! Back to blowing euph, back to panicking about bits I can't play, back to eagerly anticipating contest mornings! I have to thank Denton Band for giving me that buzz back when I depped at Fleetwood, and also Hebden Bridge and Goodshaw who have let me keep my lip in during my down time as a player. Anyway, bon voyage Littleborough, thanks for the memories, and as the dolphins once said, 'So Long and Thanks for all the Fish!!' Matt. PS Solo Horn and Cornets required at Staly, 2nd section, cracking bunch, new MD Jeff Lewis (Grimethorpe), future rosy! Rehearse weds evenings. PM for details.