Crofts, the annual show event for theatre organs, has been cancelled this year because of health & safety concerns about the event.
The difficulties in moving theatre organs - some of which can weigh up to half a ton - in and out of the venue have lead to a long history of back complaints, torn muscles, and broken toes.
For many years Crofts has been an eagerly awaited highlight of the theatre-organ musician's calendar, with the coveted ‘best in show’ prize potentially making a significant impact to a young professional organist's career.
Naturally for such a tight group, there are the Crofts regulars, commonly referred to in the community as the show-ers, who meet up each year to swap stories and compare the size of their organs.
Danny Tiles, 56, is disappointed but not defeated :
“It's a shame that they've banned the organ showers”, sighs Danny, “but I'm optimistic that we can get around the red tape and come back stronger next year.
(Phew. Got there in the end)