So after some thought and deliberation on the subject, we all know that this popular contest is bunder threat with the cut in funding from Tameside council and policing restrictions. However it's always good to discuss these kind of things and see what solutions come up. I personally think the marches are top class and great fun. The last few years I have played with tartan brass and the whole weekend is based around the saddle worth march on a Friday. However this year there were a few things that stood out for me to make it a tad frustrating. The queue at upper mill for the busses getting through wasn't great as they allowed two through at a time. Not ideal. Do cross had a rather large queue for bands leaving off from the top of the hill but the carnival atmosphere was outstanding. However my main bugbear was at greenfield where we were informed that our runner couldn't book us in to play because our bus hadn't arrived in the queue by 10 pm. For the record we arrived ther at 4 minutes past 10. Uppermill closed earlier due to yobbish behaviour and there was a lot of policing trouble. So I've come up with a few thoughts regarding the marches. If the contests are closing earlier due to policing and stewarding problems, bring the start time to 2pm and close at 10 pm, therefore bands are not losing out the extra time that was there the last few years. If policing is an issue, then have the police train the stewards and if there is drinking issues like uppermill etc put a designated area for families to actually enjoy the marches without the yobs, or better put a drinking ban on streets and leave them to drink and watch from outside the pubs. It would be a shame to see these marches get the life squeezed out them till they are forced to give up. What are your thoughts?