Whit Walks and band contests: Times and locations for all the events in Oldham and Tameside
Heading to celebrate Whit Friday tomorrow? Here's everything you need to know
Bands from all over the country will compete tomorrow and will be seen driving all over both districts in order to compete in the minimum of six contests to qualify for the cash prizes.
As usual each band must perform two pieces, on a march as they arrive at the contest and then their second prepared piece.
Each band will be judged ‘blind’ by a judge who will remain hidden so they can only hear the band and not know who is playing.
Last year more than a million people attended the contests, and the Whit Walks, which take place in the morning and are organised by local churches.
This year there will be more than 20 contests taking place across the two districts.
Prizes are awarded to the best ranking across any six contests in Oldham and Saddleworth or across Tameside.
Some contests have a separate prize open for youth bands.
The first contest was held in Stalybridge in 1870, followed by two more in Saddleworth in 1881. Since then they have spread across Saddleworth and Tameside, always held the Friday after Whit Sunday.
Aldwinians Rugby Union Football Club, Droylsden Road, Audenshaw, M34 5SN: 4pm - 10.30pm
Broadoak Hotel, Broadoak Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 8QD: 5pm - 11pm
Carr Rise, Carrbrook, Stalybridge, SK15 3NY: 4.30pm - 10.30pm
Denton Cricket Club, Egerton Street, Denton, M34 3PB: 4.15pm - 11.15pm
The Bush Inn, Moorside Street, Droylsden, M43 7HL: 4.30pm - 11pm
Tame Valley Hotel, Park Road, Dukinfield, SK16 5LX: 4.30pm - 11pm
John Street, Wakefield Road, Heyrod, Stalybridge SK15 3BW: 4.30pm - 10.30pm
Hurst Village Contest:
Ashton United FC, Surrey Street, Hurst Cross, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 9EQ: 4.30pm - 10.15pm
Stalybridge Celtic Contest:
Stalybridge Celtic Football Club, Bower Fold, Mottram Road, Stalybridge SK15 2RT: 4.30pm - 11pm
Stalybridge Labour Club, Acres Lane, Stalybridge, SK15 2JR: 4.30pm - 10.30pm
Upper Mossley Contest:
St Joseph’s School Yard, Market Street, Mossley: 4.30pm - 10pm
Delph Club, 1 Gartside Street, Oldham, OL3 5DW: 4pm to 10:30pm
Outside Oddfellows Club, Huddersfield Rd, OL3 5SD: 4pm to late
Diggle Tip, Sam Road, Diggle, OL3 5PU: 4pm to late
The Square, Platt Lane, Dobcross, OL3 5AD: 4pm to 10pm
Christ Church Friezland Parish Hall, Church Road, OL3 7LQ: 4:30pm to 10:30pm
Chew Valley Road, Greenfield, OL3 7DB: 4:30pm to 10pm
Station Road, Grotton, Saddleworth, OL4 5SF: 4:30pm to 10pm
Lees and Springhead contest:
High Street, Lees, OL4 4LY: 4:30pm to 10pm
Stockport Road, Lydgate, Saddleworth, OL4 4JL: 4pm to 10:30pm
Scouthead and Austerlands contest:
Dawson's Field, Huddersfield Road, Scouthead, Saddleworth, OL3 5EG: 4:15pm to 11pm
King George V Playing Field, Saint Mary’s Gate, Uppermill, OL3 6AT: 4pm to 10:30pm
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