Grimethorpe Colliery Band to visit Lowestoft
PUBLISHED: 12:23 28 January 2011
THE nation’s best known brass band is to visit Lowestoft in June as it celebrates 15 years since its big-screen break.
Grimethorpe Colliery Band will be marking 15 years since the movie, Brassed Off, hit the cinema screens.
And the band’s summer tour will be paying a poignant tribute after the recent death of actor Pete Postlethwaite, who starred in the film and was was a supporter of its work and performances.
The story of Grimethorpe has become one of legend since the band’s original formation by members of the disbanded Cudworth Colliery Band in 1917.
Since then, a real-life story has unfolded full of drama and success in the face of adversity unmatched by any other brass band in the world.
From its conception, the Grimethorpe band has competed in national and international competitions and has never finished lower than fifth.
In 1992, the government announced nationwide pit closures, but, with unemployment looming, the band continued to play, determined to progress to the final of the National Brass Band Championships despite the obvious hardships every member faced in their personal life.
The final details of the closures were announced just five days before the band was due to take part in the competition at the Royal Albert Hall, in London; even so, the musicians triumphed to become the champion Brass Band of Great Britain.
Further fame and recognition followed in 1996 when the band played on the soundtrack of Brassed Off, which also starred Tara Fitzgerald and Ewan McGregor.
It told the story of a brass band from the fictional Yorkshire mining town of Grimely which, faced with the closure of the local pit, went on to triumph at the National Brass Band Championships.
The film took Grimethorpe on to international stardom, and the band was inundated with invitations to appear all over the world. Catch it at the Marina Theatre at 3pm on Sunday, June 12.
Tickets are available from the box office on 01502 533200.
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