Leaving Penzance on the 07.18 service to Paddington I alighted at St Austell, as on Saturdays no train stops at any intermediate stations between Par and Newquay.
I arrived at Bugle on the 529 Western Greyhound Bodmin bus service at just before 09.00hrs. The 31 bands entered considerably swelling the village population for the day. Then at 09.30 the bands commenced to march down to the contest field which is adjacent to the main Newquay-Par line. The Contest proper started at 10.00. The Festival is a dual event for me as when trains are due, I slip out hoping to get a shot or two as most trains from the road bridge or station as most trains cross at Goonbarrow Junction. Bugle station is almost lost amongst the bushes! Trains used to sound their horns for the adjacent Molinnis crossing confusing the adjudicator! 'Was it the band or the train'? However no trains blew their horns today. Years ago the bands would park their coaches on the old loading banks and walk the track to the contest field, now of course built over. One train which eluded me was the Manchester-Newquay where I waited over 45 mins, it eventually it ran over 70 mins late due to signal problems in Par. Ivor Bowditch a good friend to the Cornwall Railway Society in arranging many visits to the China Clay establishments is the Chairman of the Bugle Band Festival and in his closing remarks, before the results were given out, he thanked everyone for their support.
The fine weather again was the bonus today, long may it last.