West of England champion The Flowers Band has reluctantly decided to withdraw from this year’s English Nationals in Preston. Flowers Band spokesperson Steve Jones informed 4barsrest that the decision was made after qualification to the National Championship finals was secured. This, coupled with Flowers’ invitation to Brass in Concert later in the year and an already busy month of June was the reason for the withdrawal. “We not only had to weigh up the financial side of things, but also with June being a busy month for us, something had to give. We hope to return to Preston next year as representatives of the South West”.