NOT being a local resident I was unaware of an article in your paper regarding the changes to the organisation of Upton Jazz Festival.

I find it difficult to accept their dispensing with the services of Alan Buckley – to all of us longstanding supporters of the festival, Alan Buckley IS the festival.

In addition, I am utterly shocked that the current organisers have seen fit not to include Lamarotte Jazzband in the line up of performers for 2014.

How they hope to retain their ‘loyal following’ when they deliberately snub the band who have been one of the main attractions for almost 20 years is quite beyond my understanding.

I have cancelled my subscription to the Friends of Upton Jazz and will not be attending in the future – nor will at least eight other people I know personally.