CORTONWOOD BRASS BAND FESTIVAL Enquiries are invited from bands wishing to participate in the inaugural contest at the Cortonwood Mining Memorial Gardens on Sunday, 13[SUP]th[/SUP] July 2014. The contest is open to 1[SUP]st [/SUP]/ 2[SUP]nd [/SUP]/ 3[SUP]rd [/SUP]/ 4[SUP]th[/SUP] Section National Grading and Youth/unregistered bands and the format is a 20 minute entertainment programme. Contest entry will be limited to twelve bands and will be pre-drawn to allow bands to plan their day. Contest will commence at 11 a.m. and bands will play in a marquee large enough for band and audience to allow for inclement weather. The Elsecar Heritage Railway is extending their line to terminate at the old Cortonwood Colliery site. At the Cortonwood Colliery Station they will create a memorial park, play area and heritage archive to commemorate all the collieries no longer in existence. 2014 is the 30[SUP]th[/SUP] Anniversary of the Miners Strike which actually started at Cortonwood Colliery. The band event will play an important part in marking the opening of this site. The site is located by the side of Cortonwood Retail Park on the A6195, Dearne Valley Parkway, near Barnsley. Please contact Peggy Tomlinson, Contest Administrator for further details, entry form etc. Tel: 0114 2468102 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to hearing from you.