Hunt is on for missing instruments

A HERITAGE group is appealing for information about missing instruments which belonged to a former colliery brass band.

Frank Arrowsmith, chairman of Yorkshire Main Commemorative Trust, is hoping to jog memories about the whereabouts of the items so they can be given to a local school.

He said: “When the colliery closed in 1986, Yorkshire Main Colliery Band became known as Goldthorpe Band.

“All the instruments moved to them and we have tried a number of times to locate the instruments and return them to our local school.

“So far we have hit a blank but we are hoping that someone in the Dearne area might see this appeal and check the boxes in their garage or loft.

“As it’s coming up to the 30th anniversary of the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike, it would be a good year to have them returned to our village.”

The Yorkshire Main Commemorative Trust was set up by a group of ex-miners to ensure that the significance of the Edlington-based colliery was preserved for present and future generations.

The trust is hosting a number of events to coincide with the Miners’ Strike anniversary with details to follow in the Weekender over coming weeks.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Frank on 01709 858590 or 07958 444886.

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