I first came across Dinnington Colliery band in 2000, when I was working with D.A.R.T. (Dinnington area regeneration trust). At the time they were struggling quite badly, however lately have had a bit of success.
I come from a steel making community in Sheffield, but moved out to Anston in 1966, but could never quite understand the colliery community, they seemed to be very introverted on themselves. However after watching the film Brassed off, I came to appreciate them a lot more and got interested in the Dinnington colliery band.
In about 2004 I sponsored them to play in both Anston and Dinnington, to give something back to both communities and also to support the colliery band, as they were struggling to keep things going. I got them to play on the High St outside the Co-op in the summer and in Anston St James church at Christmas. I particularly like the track “Orange Juice“, which I first heard in Brassed off, otherwise known as Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez.
A few years ago the Dinnington colliery band appeared in a BBC series and eventually cut a disk that achieved number 1 in the Classic FM charts for a few weeks.
The reason I wrote this blog today, I was disappointed to hear that the producers of the Album, were the real winners out of the album and not the Colliery band. It would be nice to see the Colliery band have another hit album and for them to be able to sell their own downloads and be the ones who make the majority of profit out of the album.
It would be nice to be able to see the Dinnington Colliery band move to a new head quarters and be better able to afford new equipment, uniforms and other costly apparatus. This is the type of culture we need to save and encourage children to do.
All the best