Saddleworth Whit Friday details announced

The venues are back with some minor tweaks and a call for help to make the day run as smoothly as possible.

Whit Friday
  The bands return to Saddleworth for the great day out

Details of the Saddleworth & Oldham District Whit Friday contests which take place on 2nd June have been announced.

There is over £35,000 in prize money to be won this year courtesy of the generous financial support from private sponsorship and through Oldham Council.

Some tweaks

Encouragingly following the enforced Covid-19 break, all the venues return although there have been some minor tweaks to starting and finishing times and the appointment of judges.

Competing bands are reminded that the Saddleworth Whit Friday website offers valuable information to assist them on the day.

The site has details and links to all contests, a map of the area and a contact form where bands can submit their details to all the contests before the event. This is not a registration process but will give organisers helpful contact details ahead of time.

To find out more go to: www.saddleworthwhitfriday.co.uk

Please help with BOPA registration

To help enormously with the running of the events, bands are being asked to provide their details electronically to enable compliance with BOPA provisions. It would make life much easier for organisers.


Waiting times

Some contests will also post information on the number of bands waiting to play via


Delph contest will also be tweeting information on waiting times for bands @dephcontest

Train strikes

Anyone planning to catch the train to come along and enjoy the event into various stations including Greenfield should be aware that the there is a national rail strike that day, the second of three in four days commencing from 31st May.


Saddleworth & Oldham District:
Area Open Champion: £2,500, 2nd: £1,000, 3rd: £750, Youth: £250
Local Area Champion: £750, 2nd: £600, 3rd: £400
The Saddleworth & Oldham Contests are supported by Oldham Council



Contest: 4.00pm -10.30pm (subject to numbers waiting and Police guidance)
Main Prize: £1,000
Prize Fund: £4,500
Adjudicator: Leigh Baker
Contact: Bob Rodgers (07843082582)
Bands can contact on the night itself (07742230464)
twitter: @delphcontest



Contest: 4.00pm — 10.30pm
Main Prize: £1,000
Prize Fund: £3,690
Adjudicator: Allan Holdsworth
Contact: Andrina Baxter (07920763979)
twitter: @denshawcontest



Contest: 4.00pm -10.30pm
Main Prize: £800
Prize Fund: £3,140
Adjudicator: Helen Douthwaite-Teasdale
Contact: B. Cliffe (07703184200)
twitter: @DiggleContest
Facebook: DiggleBandContest
Instagram: digglecontest


Contest: 4.00pm -10.00pm
Main Prize: £750
Prize Fund: £2,835
Adjudicator: Stephen Tighe
Contact: Gavin Roberts (07877015169)
twitter: @DobcrossWhitFri


Third, Fourth & Youth Sections only

Contest: 4.30pm -10.30pm
Main Prize: £200
Prize Fund: £575
Adjudicator: T. Newbigging
Contact: J. Barrett (01457 870612)


Registration from: 3.30pm

Contest: 4.00pm -10.00pm
Main Prize: £1,000
Prize Fund: £4,350
Adjudicator: Chris Wormald
Contact: Frank Rothwell (07802938270)


Contest: 4.00pm — 10.00pm
Main Prize: £700
Prize Fund: £2,465
Adjudicator: Christopher Bond
Contact: Anna Oldfieid (07799200454)
twitter: @WhitBrass


Contest: 4.00pm -10.30pm
Main Prize: £850
Prize Fund: £3,210
Adjudicator: Sam Fisher
Contact: tbc

Lees & Springhead:

Contest: 4.30pm -10.00pm
Main Prize: £500
Prize Fund: £1,755
Adjudicator: Alan Fernie
Contact: Barbara Beeley 07890948976 or 07951125570
Twitter: @leesbandcontest

Scouthead & Austerlands:

Contest: 4.00pm -11.00pm
Main Prize: £1,000
Prize Fund: £4,710
Adjudicator: Jonathan Pippen
Contact: D. Needham (0161 6520341)
Email: scoutheadbandcontest@gmail.com


Contest 4:00pm-10:30pm
Main Prize: £1,000
Prize Fund: £4,275
Adjudicator: Benjamin Richeton
Contact: Pam Armstrong (07851 370442)
Facebook: @Uppermillwhitfriday
Twitter: @UppermillWhit2

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