GREENFIELD’S new Whit Friday Band Contest organising team is drumming up support to make sure the 2018 event on May 25 hits all the right notes.
The cost of staging the event is around £9,000 with volunteers putting in hours of unpaid work to ensure the high spot of the annual village calendar runs without a hitch.
But WF committee chairman, Dave Allonby, is appealing for more help to continue the success of Greenfield’s ‘greatest free show.’
“There is an awful lot of paperwork to be filled in and much of it has to be with the Council before New Year,” he explained.
“So, planning for the next contest starts almost as soon as the previous one has finished.
“There’s an awful lot to do before the contest day and on the day, itself. There’s a great team spirit and we have a lot of fun putting the event together.
“But new team members are very welcome and you can do as much or as little as you can. Every bit helps.”
Fund raising is a vital component of the committee’s work to ensure there is sufficient money to pay the band prizes, traffic management control, even the contest adjudicator.
Vice chairman Jamie Curley added: “We are really fortunate in Greenfield we have great team of dedicated volunteers on our committee.
“Many of whom volunteer year after year and work hard not only on the day but collecting around the village in the weeks beforehand and setting up for the contest and clearing up afterwards.
“I can’t praise the committee enough. However, we always need new members.
“And this year we are asking for new members to come and help us make this one of the best days in the Saddleworth calendar.”
This year’s contest will start at 4pm with Chris Wormald in the adjudicator’s box.
Chew Valley Road will be closed between Wellington Road and Berry Brow with manned barriers at Wellington Road and Berry Brow.
Greenbridge Lane and Ladhill Lane will be closed for their entire lengths and Oak View Road will be closed at the pack horse bridge.
Closures will be in effect from 15.30 on the day.