Some months back, I came across a story about the great cornet player Edwin Firth, in which his contesting debut was with Barnoldswick Brass Band at Crystal Palace in 1906. It seems that Barnoldswick and their near neighbours Earby were regular competitors at Crystal Palace, at least until the 1920's as my grandfather played in the band then. One thing I've never known is just how the national contest, for I presume it was such, was organised. Ewan Fox did try to contact me, but I lost his contact number. I have played for both (now much down on their luck) bands in my time and am interested in their "glory" days.