The Yorkshire & Humberside Brass Band Association have pleasure in announcing that the Hardraw Scar Contest has been saved by a returning sponsor. Old Peculiar brewery Theaksons have returned to the fold to sponsor the contest initially for two years. Theakstons originally sponsored the contest for a period of 5 years on its revival in 1989. But had to pull out when they were taken over by one of the bigger breweries. The family have recently bought back the business, so they are renewing their association with the contest. This years contest will take on a new form in that it will not be March. Hymn, Selection as previously, but will now become a full Entertainment Contest. For the last two years as an experiment bands were asked to play an additional item after their contest pieces. This proved to be so popular with the audience and with band personell that we thought the next appropriate step would be to take the plunge and make it a full entertainment contest WITH INCREASED PRIZE MONEY The date of the contest Sun 12th September Unfortunately the same weekend as the lower section national finals, but our date was announced first.