‘Brassed Off’ band to play special Sheffield show

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One of Britain’s most famous brass bands is to play a special show in Sheffield this week to commemorate the two world wars.

Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band, which was the subject of 1996 film Brassed Off and played at the London 2012 opening ceremony, is to perform at the City Hall on Friday night.

The internationally-renowned band’s latest Sheffield show will start from 8.15pm, with doors opening an hour earlier.

The band was originally formed in 1917 as a leisure activity for workers at the colliery, with the film that starred Pete Postlethwaite and Ewan McGregor focusing on the fight to keep the pit - and the band - going during the Miners’ Strike.

Also playing at City Hall is the New Grimethorpe Youth Band which was formed in 2011 and now has 100 members.

Organisers are promising the bands will be joined by a ‘very special guest’ on the night, following last year’s appearance by Tony Christie.

A spokesman said: “Grimethorpe prides itself on not only its history but also the quality of its performance in concert and competition.

“The band has won an unprecedented 37 championship trophies and also played at the opening ceremony at the 2012 London Olympics.

“It is 20 years since Grimethorpe Colliery closed its gates for the last time.

“The brass band has continued to play to packed houses not only in the UK but abroad as well. 
“With hard work and recent sponsorship the band continues as the country’s most famous and finest brass band.”

Tickets are £20 for adults and £15 for OAPs and under 16s - call 0114 278 9789.