Hi all, After attending Manchester District Contest at Uppermill Civic Hall today, I'm wondering if any other bands had an hours wait AFTER arrival until registration? As first band in the 4th section we had a report time of 12.00, but didn't go up to register until 1pm. The second section was still on as we arrived, then of course was the adjudication, then for some reason a half hour break. If the contest organisers happen to read this thread, I would respectfully ask why it was required for us to be waiting in the holding area while nothing was going on? Surely we could have reported half an hour at least later without any hold up to the contest? The band (Littleborough) and I had a wonderful day, with a belting result coming 5th (we were never going to get near Uppermill/ Oldham), but it was just a shame about all the hanging around. Maybe something to think about in future? With no offence intended, Matt Bailey, MD Littleborough Public Brass Band.