A TOP brass band was forced to cancel a summer concert - because council officials forgot to supply seats!
Scores of music fans were left angry and confused when Vintage Brass had to cancel their afternoon concert in Holmfirth's Victoria Park.
The veteran musicians - aged from 60 to 82 - could not play for their three-hour concert on Sunday when Kirklees Council staff failed to deliver the seats.
"It spoiled things for everyone," said band secretary and euphonium player James Taylor.
"We were really looking forward to the concert as were the audience of 50 or 60 people.
"We waited for almost an hour but no-one from the council turned up so we had no choice but to cancel."
Vintage Brass were one of the bands booked for the council's summer entertainments programme in the parks.
The players - complete with instruments, music stands and uniforms - duly turned up in Holmfirth at 1.30pm but found an empty platform.
Mr Taylor, of Grasscroft, Honley, said: "At a previous concert the seats had turned up at 1.45pm so we did not worry. But the time went on, past 2pm when the concert was due to start, and still no seats.
"A lot of our players are getting on. We are made up of players aged 60 and over and our drummer is 82 - people cannot be expected to stand to play for more than two hours.
"It was all so sad. It disrupted the lives of our 26 players and their families, and spoiled the day for the people who filled up the park wanting to hear us."
Mr Taylor tried in vain yesterday to elicit an explanation from Kirklees Council but none came.
A council spokesman told the Examiner: "We don't know what went wrong. Something has seriously gone amiss and we apologise unreservedly to the band and to the audience.
"There is a programme of concerts for the summer and we want to make it a success."