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Sunday 14 February, 2021

The 2021 West of England Bandsmen’s Festival – known as the Bugle contest – has been cancelled, amid the continued spread of COVID-19.

Considerations over the ongoing restrictions, regulations and guidelines that would directly affect both performers and the general public formed the basis of the difficult decision taken by the organisers to cancel the event, which was due to take place on Saturday, June 19.

Ian Powell, secretary of the WEBF, commented: “It is with great regret and a heavy heart that the Bugle Contest committee has taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 event planned for Saturday, June 19.

“Having taken into account the current and projected situation regarding COVID-19, we are of the opinion that it would be irresponsible to stage this year's contest.

“Bands are unable to rehearse together at this moment in time and we are not sure when these restrictions might be lifted. Vaccine protection will not be complete and an organised gathering of people, while in various stage of protection, would be considered foolhardy and dangerous. Our contest is unique and steeped in tradition. I can assure you that those of us that are involved in the smooth running of this event are devastated that this action has had to be taken.”

The next West of England Bandsmen’s Festival is due to take place on Saturday, June 18, 2022.