15 March 2020
North of England Championships
After two months of preparation for this event, with many rehearsals and a good contest performance at Warrington in January, the band were eager to compete with the other North of England Championship Section bands at the Gala Theatre, Durham. Just as we were making our final preparations, the Covid pandemic took hold and the lockdown across Britain began.
Late and conflicting advice from various bodies from the government downwards, made our decision to withdraw, at the last minute, very difficult. However, we felt that the safety of our band members and their families, particularly the older ones, was more important, despite the valiant efforts of the organisers to adjust to a more Covid-secure event. Harrogate Band were not the only group to withdraw from the contest, and the subsequent London & South East contest was totally abandoned.
We have since heard, that despite attracting maximum points as a penalty for our withdrawal, we will still be able to compete in the Championship Section in 2021, albeit at the bottom of the grading table.