I had a great time yesterday as part of a succesful band yesterday but came away from the proceedings a little dissappointed. Out of an estimated area of between 80-100+ bands, if you consider that London doesn't have an annual contest, 16 bands finally made it to Hove on Sunday. If it hadn't been for Mid Sussex doubling sections there would have been four bands in the second section, and then the four remaining bands in the second, doubling up to the first section, there would have been three bands having had two withdrawals. With no Championship section this total of 16 bands has lead me to have great concern over the future of this contest. Hiring the Hove Town Hall must be a relatively expensive outlay for an amateur association, plus 21 entrants in total @ £50.00 a head was credit of £1050.00 but £1000.00 was given out in prize money. If you belong to one of the bands that did not take part in this contest, how about having a chat with your committee and getting them to ensure that this contest maintains it's great tradition. On a slightly selfish note, I feel that the championship bands should make their presence felt so that the first section bands get a chance to have been adjudicated at Championship level. What chance do up and coming bands have if there is no direction of what is actually expected of a band until it has contested against the top bands in the area at the area. IF there are any L & SC championship players out there, get the ball rolling and give some of us "lesser" bands a fighting chance.