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Grimethorpe band play at 'Brassed Off' anniversary event

Scene from 'Brassed Off' Credit: PA

Members of Grimethorpe Colliery Band will join the stars of 'Brassed Off' at the Royal Albert Hall tonight to celebrate the film's 21st anniversary.

The low-budget feature was an unexpected smash hit and is now set to become the first British film to be screened at the famous venue with a live orchestra - as the brass band teams up with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

The bittersweet comedy-drama, starring the late Pete Postlethwaite, Ewan McGregor, Stephen Tompkinson and Tara Fitzgerald, is a particularly appropriate choice given that its famous final scenes are set in the Royal Albert Hall.

The film is set a decade after the year-long strike in 1984/85 at a time when miners were facing the difficult choice between accepting pit closures or fighting for their survival - with the risk of losing out on redundancy payouts for their years of service.

The story follows the lives of the band as a decision on the future of the colliery hangs over them, while they attempt to fund a trip to the National Finals of a brass band competition at the Royal Albert Hall.

The special screening is being preceded by an on-stage Q&A hosted by Jim Carter, now best known for his role in Downton Abbey as Mr Carson, with other cast members including Fitzgerald, Tompkinson and Sue Johnston, as well as writer and director Mark Herman and producer Steve Abbott.