Fundraising needed to save Whit Friday competition

A FUND to save Mossley’s Whit Friday brass band competition is still more than £6,000 short of its target.

Those running the event, which takes place at Mossley AFC’s Seel Park ground, set a figure of £8,000 to meet all running costs.

But even though the total is comfortably into four figures, it remains less than a quarter of what is needed.

Seel Park on whit Friday

Organisers say: “The iconic and internationally renowned Whit Friday Band Contest has been part of the fabric of Mossley for more than 130 years.

“The contest is held in such regard that more than one hundred brass bands travel from all over the world to perform in the local area.

“Often described as ‘the greatest free show on earth’, in recent years we’ve hosted the Mossley contest at Seel Park. If we hadn’t, like many others, it would have disappeared.

“The contest is organised by volunteers but we can’t run it without help from the people of Mossley and the surrounding areas.

“Hosting the contest including running costs and prize money is at least £8,000.”

It is hoped the money can be raised by the time the contest is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 2.

But more donations are needed if it is to flourish.

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