Interesting debate to be had here folks, so we've given the topic its own thread . . . . (RT) Whoopy do! Campbeltown has to shell out at least that for every one of the 6 contests we do every year, and its been the same story for the last 24 years. North Wales bands are not that remote, we have at least a 300-400 mile round trip, have an over night stay and sometimes take kids out of school (thats over 3/4 of the band BTW) to compete at every contest. Our conductor has to do that mileage for every practice he comes to, as he stays the other side of Glasgow, in Ayrshire. It took 11hrs for us just to get to Harrogate last year, and the same to get to Pontins the year before. Oh and our nearest motorway is 4hrs away by bus! I persume North Wales bands just have undertake the journey your high-lighting just once a year to Swamsea.......count yourselfs lucky.