The Wakefield Metropolitan band will have a rather easier task than expected on Sunday, after both of their first round opponents withdrew from the Kippax Band Entertainment Contest. Frickley South Elmsall Band and Garforth Brass both cited player shortages as the reason for their late withdrawal, despite being offered replacements by the host band. Kippax Chairman Colin Moss expressed his disappointment that the bands were not willing to take advantage of the generous rules on borrowed players (up to six are allowed) and that the audience would be denied a potentially very interesting competition: "It's not supposed to be 'Brass in Concert'", he said. "We've tried to make it as easy as possible for bands to take part but in spite of this we have been let down very late in the day." Wakefield Met. will still, of course, have to perform under contest conditions to qualify and will receive a full adjudication, including eligibility for the 1st round soloist prize. The host band will fill the remainder of the evening with a concert programme. The entertainment starts at 8pm and is still anticipated to attract a healthy audience, so visitors are advised to come early.