Statement from Carl: "It is with sadness that I announce my resignation as Musical Director from the Middleton Band. Since joining the band in summer 2004, the band have gone from strength to strength and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I was looking forward to representing the North West with the band at the National Finals in Harrogate this September, but due to an unresolved issue within the band, I feel unable to continue any further without the full support of the band’s committee and have therefore resigned with immediate effect. I would like to thank members of the band past and present for their continued hard work over the last three years, and wish them all the very best of luck for the Nationals and their new challenge in the 1st / championship section at local contests. Carl Whiteoak"