Oldham Council have once again confirmed that there is no threat to the Saddleworth Band Contests and that the council funding it requires is secure, following a continued campaign to spread misinformation and worry.

We’ve pledged all of the funding necessary to help the ‘Greatest free show on Earth’ continue.

The disestablishment of the Saddleworth and Lees District Executive will have no adverse impact on any funding. The continued suggestion by Liberal Democrats and Conservatives to the contrary not only reduces public trust in politicians, but also risks creating a genuine threat to the contest by putting off private sector sponsors.

Councillor Sean Fielding, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “I’d like to reassure people that the council’s backing of the contests was never in doubt. We’ll not only continue to give financial support but also thousands of pounds in officer time helping to co-ordinate things before, on the day and clearing up after.

“As a former member of a brass band I know how much the band contests mean to the players, residents and the borough. The whole day is about much more than brass bands. It’s a great community run event which brings people from all over the country, and beyond, to Saddleworth.

“Hopefully, the rumours and stories about the council not funding the contests will now be put to bed and the organisers can get on with sorting out next year’s event, knowing they have our full support.

“As you can imagine it takes a lot of time, money and effort to sort the contests so if you are a business why not get in touch with the organisers and show your support? Don’t let people playing political games get in the way of celebrating our fantastic community.”

Bob Rodgers, coordinator of the Saddleworth and Lees brass band contests, said: “We are delighted the council are continuing to help us.

“The money provided by the council is vital to the continued success of the contests and shows how important they consider the event to the borough.”


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