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'Brassed Off': Fears over famous colliery band

Report & Video by Ashley Fudge

One of the most famous brass bands in the world is under threat of closure due to a funding crisis.

Grimethorpe Colliery Band was the inspiration for the film "Brassed Off" but faces an uncertain future after money being pumped into the arts was cut.

The band needs £12,000 a month to survive.

It was founded in 1917 in Barnsley and was paid for by the pit to offer miners a hobby.

However, after the mine shut, its fight for survival inspired the 1995 film which starred Ewan McGregor and Tara Fitzgerald.


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