The Kippax Band are sorry to announce the departure of conductor Keith Wardle. Keith e-mailed the Chairman this week, citing the stress caused by concert preparation as his reason for not continuing with the band. After some discussion, the committee felt they had to accept Keith's resignation. Despite the disappointment felt at the suddenness and nature of Keith's departure, the band would like to place on record their thanks for Keith's work during what has been an unprecedented sequence of successes, including the Butlin's and Pontin's titles and qualification for the forthcoming National Finals. The position of Musical Director will be advertised in due course, but the band intends to continue its recent positive progress and, to this end, hopes to make an exciting announcement regarding the Finals in the next few days.