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|Me N Thee|
|The Pit Shop|
|N. U. M.|
|Brass Band 2|
|Brass Band Drawing|
|Miners Welfare Club|
|Checks and Awards|
|Under Our Feet|
|Keep on the Sunnyside|
|The Managers House|
|The making of the Mine|
|History of the Mine|
|Listing of Miners|
|Where the Miners of Silverwood came from|
|Origins of Miners|
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|Biographies and Tributes|
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|Legends from the Mine|
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Silverwood Brass Band
Brass Bands were formed in many Mining communities during the 19th and 20th centuries in the North of England, and Yorkshire was the home of some of the best Bands in the World. The most famous of these Bands was the multi award winning Brighouse and Rastrick formed in 1910 who are still performing today [ 2004 ]
Silverwood Band was
formed in 1909 and from that time established themselves as one of the local
star attractions. In the first half of the 20th century parades were a great
means of entertainment, and Bands were a major part of any parade. Lets face it
who can resist the stirring sight of uniformed men in a Brass Band marching
proudly playing marching tunes. Often these Bands would be found in local town
Parks in the then popular Bandstands, and they would play all day, entertaining
the crowds and raising money to support the Band. On remembrance day the
Silverwood Band would march up Whinney Hill, along Hollings Lane, and make their
way to the cenotaph situated in the small wood at the top side of Milburn House.
The Villagers would turn out to pay their respects to the soldiers who had died
in the two World Wars, and march with the Band. Others would stand at the
roadside and watch the march go by.
is at this moment in time the 17th largest City in Holland, and has a very
interesting musical heritage. It was also the site of one of four Nazi
Concentration Camps in Holland.
As you can see the man who played the bass drum did not wear a hat, if he did, he would inevitably knock it off, so a non Band member would be assigned to carry his hat for him. Raye Kelly son of Fred was often given this job and recalls "My father Fred Kelly played the big drum in Silverwood pit band, my job was to march alongside wearing his hat and hope I didn't cop for a thump with the drum sticks as he flailed away without mercy once again. "
Fred Hartle recalls the band had a nickname they were known as the BBC (Beer, bacca and cigaretttes!)
Robert Green ex band member states : "I can assure you that practicing in the Welfare Club on Sunday's was a drinking, smoking, swearing, shouting. arguing practice as well"..
Dear John, I have just logged on to your excellent site about the Silverwood Band. I
can´t begin to tell you how many memories it has churned up for me.
Perhaps the greatest moment in the Bands history is when they performed at the Royal Albert Hall as finalist in a national competition, under the leadership of Reginald Gray.
YORKSHIRE REGION CHAMPIONSHIP
On Saturday, March 15, 1947 Silverwood Colliery entered the Yorkshire Region Fourth Section
Silverwood Colliery on Saturday, April 23rd, 1949 Led by R.. Gray gained fourth place Fourth Section
Saturday, May 6th 1950
Silverwood Colliery led by R. Gray entered the Fourth Section
Margaret Macia (nee Baker)
BAND PAGES ON THIS SITE
Though Dinnington Main no longer exist the memory of the mine is still there in the form of the award winning Dinnington Colliery Brass Band. Click on the link below to visit their site
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