It's quite true to say that the generous prize fund at the top (and indeed for the winners of the other sections) is funded by all the bands who don't win staying for the weekend and boozing all weekend (although I wouldn't put it quite as bluntly as other posters). As long as the entries stay high and banders keep enjoying a night on the lash, happy days. I don't imagine anyone gives a flying one about Flowers winning four of the last five; at least they've had a bit of competition. It's way, way less of a farce than the joke that was the old mineworkers, where all Grimey had to do was turn up. The only issue for the top section is the falling entry - 25% fewer bands than last year - and the ridiculous 10pm results. If bands need to leave then they leave, having the results ceremony so late doesn't keep them on site but it does mean (a) no atmosphere and (b) bands don't get to take their trophy home on the bus. I have no idea why a couple of the 'regulars' didn't attend this year, but it might be worth Butlins finding out. I suspect it's down to money, mind you.