Geographically, i believe City of Sheffield (formerly Stockbridge) would now be closest to the venue mentioned in this proposal. Although the map on the regional site may be out of date since their relaunch last year. And so what? isn't there a band that is 'closest' to Bradford? If the contest moved to Brighouse (to quote a previous example), we'd all still go wouldn't we? How many bands from Yorkshire go to Pontins every year, for a major contest and event. Is locality really the issue????
You're quite right... Halifax is closer but not to the degree you suggest. Actually, if you want to be pedantic about it, the difference between Halifax Civic theatre and St George's hall from Sandbeds is 704 yards and 60 seconds of extra travelling time. So, a huge difference! I apologise for my geographical error but you do seem to be suggesting that proximity to a venue can be advantageous or am I misunderstanding you?Queensbury - Bradford = 5 miles
Queensbury - Halifax = 3.5 miles
From a hard-nosed point of view, if nothing else this proposal puts the YRBBC in a much stronger position when they come to negotiate with Bradford next time. If there are cities actually vying for the rights to host a band contest (imagine that) then they may be able to play one against the other to get the best overall deal for Yorkshire bands.
As regards the result of the contest I believe it to be entirely immaterial....you do seem to be suggesting that proximity to a venue can be advantageous or am I misunderstanding you?
Winterman.....agreed!You never know MN may have started the ball rolling for Bradford or Leeds media/organisations to take up the baton and counter the offer, then maybe everybody wins (except maybe St Georges Hall and Mercury News marketing department)!
Im sure there are at least two bars at St Georges hall and in the down stairs one they were serving food, i had a very nice bacon & sausage sarnie £1.75, very reasonable.From the link on the Facebook page
Andrew Platts, Bass Trombonist with Stannington Band and Editor of the Mercury Newspaper, is one of many people unhappy with facilities at St. George’s Hall in Bradford – current home to the Yorkshire Brass Band Championship contest.
It is true that St. George’s Hall is a reasonably ok acoustic to play in. But its cramped conditions for players backstage and a distinct lack of other facilities – such as no bar or food catering provision – make it an unattractive proposition for bandpersons having to spend any length of time there. Add that public transport provision to the city is not very good, only making matters worse.
But Sheffield City Hall boasts fantastic facilities both within the building and across the nearby city-centre. It also has a history of of hosting major brass contests in the past, such as the mineworkers’ CISWO finals.
All well and good. But were you competing Sunday night, when the bar was packed, no seats available and food had stopped being served, and all the kiosks shut??Im sure there are at least two bars at St Georges hall and in the down stairs one they were serving food, i had a very nice bacon & sausage sarnie £1.75, very reasonable.
I think I made my point. It's an A R E A competition as in YORKSHIRE Area (?) Not a West Yorkshire Area competition. I think the proposal is worth considering because it's a good one. What are your reasons for NOT wanting to consider it Thirteen Ball??? Could it possibly be related to one of your posts in another thread... "well at least Grimethorpe didn't qualify"...? Try not to let the West/South divide colour your judgements too much.Most of the support seems to be from south yorkshire.
Your point being?