Having recently watched a video from the Whit Friday Marches two years ago, I have been thinking back to my own experiences of these funny clowns we see each year at every contest across the country. Is it just me or are many of them just a complete nuisance who actually just spoil the occasion for everyone concerned? If you want to see a perfect example of this, get yourself onto YouTube and type in the following: Black Dyke Band - Whit Friday - Winning Performance at Denshaw 2012 in the video you will notice a rather obese man in a blue jumper being very important with his plastic whistle. Before the band play their performance, he feels a need to scream at the crowd 'Quiet' as though they were soldiers on parade. Really what is the need for this? Granted Whit Friday sees local yobs being irritating and there are lots of crowds, but I think the Black Dyke Band belting out Knight Templar would easily overpower the yobs and crowds of people. What was the need for him to behave like this?! Later on in the video our obese friend and highly important contest steward waddles back onto the scene. At first he sticks to the side of the camera, a little irritating but he probably didn't realise he was in the picture. And so you could forgive him, but then sadly he takes a sidewards glance notices the band enthusiast armed with a video camera and he then decides to waddle right infront of it, blocking the view. You'd think that would be it, but oh no. The band finish and he is the only one not to applaud, but then to make even more of a fool of himself, he waddles into the middle of the band whilst they are acknowledging their applause, shoving his way into the middle of them. What a complete moron. Thinking back to my own experiences, I remember at the West of England area this year, a female steward determined that no one was to warm up. Warming up can often be impossible at many contests, but not at WoE, here we have always been able to warm up, as you can't be heard on stage. But yet this year an unpleasant (and rather ugly) woman made it her mission to scream at bandsmen and bandswomen to cease warming up, threatening them with disqualification and threatening to confiscate their instruments and mouthpieces. Ruining the whole day for everyone. I remember at Pontins years ago not being able to stand in a doorway that looked outside onto the camp. What possible harm this could have caused I will never know as it wasn't connected to the contest hall in any way. Am am I the only one who is sick and tired of these people? It's quite well known that when you give someone a clip board or walkie talkie they can get very self important and it would seem the contest stewards are amongst the very worst. I appreciate they do one hell of a lot to keep the contests running smoothly and I appreciate it must be stressful. But is there any need for them to be so rude and so officious? Could they not realise that we (the players) also want the day to run smoothly? If you are one of these harpies I have mentioned and are reading this, I would love to read your thoughts on this. Contest controllers et al, please take note, we have had enough of it!