In 1904, miners from County Durham were drafted into Dinnington to help with the sinking of the new colliery shaft. Amongst their numbers were a few bandsmen who, armed with a £50 grant from the local squire, Squire Middleton and promise of rehearsal facilities in the barn above his stables; soon formed the Dinnington (Middleton) Silver Brass Band.
Over the first few years the band grew both in numbers and reputation, becoming well known throughout the area. This reputation continued to grow, both as a concert and contesting band, with the band gaining considerable success in the latter; appearing at such prestigious venues as the Crystal Palace and Royal Albert Hall. At about this time, the name of the band was changed to the Dinnington Colliery Band. In the early fifties, the band quite literally built their own bandroom on half a council allotment site and this building is still our "home" today - although a bit dilapidated and in drastic need of extensive refurbishment.
The band is entirely self-supporting, relying on donations and monies earnt by performing at concerts, fetes, gala's, etc.. Survival is an on-going struggle, with rising costs and no regular financial support.
Despite two World Wars, a year long miners' strike and the subsequent demise of the colliery, the band has never "stopped blowing" and is now the only body still bearing the name of the Dinnington Colliery. This is something we do with pride; both happy and determined to keep the memory and tradition associated with the pit and it's music alive!
Don't miss reading about the on-going re-establishment of the band under the BBC2 TV backed initiative; headed by Sue Perkins and Dr Nicholas Childs!
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