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Yorkshire: BRASS - Sheffield Band


Series Name
Mining Review 7th Year


Issue No.
Date Released
May 1954
Stories in this Issue:
  1. 1Yorkshire: SAFETY FAST
  2. 2Yorkshire: BRASS - Sheffield Band
  3. 3Derbyshire: RADIO RESCUE


Story No. within this Issue
2 / 3
Section Title
BFI synopsis: a miner’s comedy band (from Silverwood Colliery) which supports Rotherham United, and the 5th Sheffield brass band festival contest - won by Wharncliffe Silkstone Colliery band
NCB Commentary - Rotherham United is a team chiefly composed of ex-miners and cheerfully supported in all weathers by the local mining community. The fans look happy enough - with a reason. This was Rotherham taking Oldham Athletic for a 7 - Nil victory.
Maybe these comics have something to do with the way the team play. They are miners from the Thrybergh Working Men’s Club who formed themselves into a comedy Jazz Band. They come from Silverwood Colliery. At half-time at many Rotherham home matches they come out to cheer up the spectators, if necessary.
If you think you can do better with dustbin lids, cow-bells and penny squeakers, have a go - somewhere else.
Rotherham are well up at the top of the 2nd Division. Maybe this cheerful din has something to do with it.
But don’t get the idea that Yorkshire is not rich in the more orthodox musical tradition. On a Sunday in March, Colliery Bands from all over the County took over the Sheffield City Hall for their 5th Annual Brass Band Festival.
A record entry of 33 bands turned up to take part in the three-section contest held throughout the day. That meant almost 1200 musicians and singers competing in this festival.
In front of a selected audience of brass band enthusiasts the competitors went through the test pieces. The winners in section 1 were Wharncliffe Silkstone Colliery Prize Band. They, with the winners in sections 2 and 3, will hold their trophies for a year. But they won’t rest on their laurels. As soon as this festival is over they’ll start practising to reach those prizes for 1955.
Researcher Comments
According to bfi records, this story was filmed with a budget of £114 1s 10d. Commentary recorded 6 April 1954.
Sport; Music and dance; Entertainment and leisure; Competitions; Celebrations and festivals; Football
Yorkshire; Sheffield; England
Written sources
British Film Institute Databases   Used for Synopsis
Film User   Vol.8 No.95 September 1954, p436.
The National Archives COAL 32   /3 Scripts for Mining Review, 1949-1956
Production Co.
Documentary Technicians Alliance
John Krish
National Coal Board

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