Brass band musicians who were feeling the pinch are playing to a happier tune after receiving a £2,000 cash boost.
Dinnington Colliery Band, which featured in a 2010 BBC documentary about the plight of brass bands, has received the money through donations from the public made via the website www.easyfundraising.org.uk.
The band has struggled financially since closure of the colliery in 1992. The cash will help the band fund Saturday morning training sessions, which offer free instruments and tuition for anyone who wants to learn to play.
Joanne Brookes-Wright, spokeswoman for the band, said: “Brass bands across the country are struggling to survive, particularly as there are so many other activities for youngsters, but being able to run our training band helps us to keep alive.”
The band’s Easyfundraising page will remain open for further donations.