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Grimethorpe Colliery Band handed lifeline

World-famous brass band Grimethorpe Colliery Band - who inspired and starred in the film Brassed Off! - have been handed a lifeline by Sheffield-based internet provider Plusnet.

They had been experiencing financial difficulties with their programme which provides lessons for children whose parents cannot afford to pay for lessons. Now they can continue to teach at a local school.

Grimethorpe Colliery Band funding crisis

A funding crisis in the arts is affecting some of the best-know organisations in our region, including one of the most famous brass bands in the world.

Some organisations have already made cuts, to keep theatres and ballet alive in the region, and many are struggling to find supporters as the recession bites.

Among the more high-profile victims of sponsorship cuts in Grimethorpe Colliery Band , which was the inspiration for the film "Brassed Off" . Without funding the ensemble could soon be playing for the last time.

Chris Kiddey reports.

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