Edwinstowe’s Thoresby Colliery Band makes urgent appeal for funding

Members of Thoresby Colliery Band.
Members of Thoresby Colliery Band.

Musicians from Thoresby Colliery Band are looking for a new permanent home following news that the facilities they currently use at the pit will not be available from November.

UK Coal has promised to help look for any alternative venues, but without guarantees the band could be left homeless and struggling to survive.

Chairman George Kennedy said: “Following the band’s departure from the Social Club back in January Thoresby Colliery and UK Coal were good enough to take the band in, but it seems that we may need to move again. So we are desperately looking to find a home that we can use in the longer term together with the financial support that we need to enable us to meet our running costs.”

The band is due to celebrate its 65th anniversary next year and has become a victim of its own success, with expensive trips to perform at concerts around the country.

Manager Andrew Bevan said: “We are very proud of our heritage, dedicated to making excellent music and have so much to offer to a sponsor.”

Thoresby Colliery Band was formed in 1948 and in October 2011 represented the Midlands region at the National Championships of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall.

Musicians performed at the official 9/11 remembrance ceremony as guests of the victims’ families.

The band also won Best Colliery Band at the 2012 Butlins Mineworkers Championships.

Contact George Kennedy on 07885 104919 if you think you can help the band.