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Ellington Colliery Band
The Band was formed in 1925 as an orchestral group in the village of Lynemouth, in the North East of England.
After a number of years, an approach was made to the mineworkers at Ellington Colliery, who agreed to provide a small weekly levy, which resulted in brass instruments replacing the orchestral ones. The miners continued to support the band until the closure of the colliery in 1994.
With the colliery closed, the band had effectively lost its lifeline in respect of the financial support from the miners. The Band is primarily self funding and relies upon raising income through a varietyof fund raising events and schemes, as well as receiving fees and donations for the band's services. The band plays at numerous functions and charitable fund raising events throughout the year in order to contribute to the cultural life of Northumberland and hence maintain its place in the county's heritage.
Following the loss of the miners levy in 1994, Northumberland County Council agreed to support the band with an annual grant.
This grant came to an end in 1998. In August 1997; the band, along with advice and support from Northumberland County Council, were successful in being awarded a grant of £54,000 from the National Lottery Fund. The basis of the grant was to purchase new instruments and equipment which the band otherwise would not have been able to afford. The provision of new instruments allowed the existing ones to be passed on to the Youth Band, allowing them to perform in their own right, as well as providing a supply of additional players to the Senior Band thus ensuring the future of Ellington Colliery Band in the forthcoming years.