I understand that bands gaining promotion are officially promoted as of 1st January the following year. For bands going up on area averages this is not a problem but................. Bands ganing promotion from the National Finals do not know until September and then compete from then until 31st Dec in the same section they competed in that year. Now for my real point....Butlins. Is this possibly the worst timed contest in the callender as any band promoted in September will have to cause either a rearrangement of the lineups of risk the wrath of band in the section they are promoted from by playing in the section they entered for initially. Should promotion be from the day of your next area contest or should contests be banned from 1st January to the area contest? Would this work as the regionals are at different times? I dont think this applies to relegations as there are no relegations outside of the area contest averages (decided in March / April) Thoughts please. ps. I have no idea if the organisers of the mineworkers have already made provisions for such an event so its not an attack on them!!!!!