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Judges will be getting down to brass tacks this weekend on the site of the former Kiveton Colliery, near Rotherham.
Flourishing Kiveton Community Wood – which is being nurtured by the Forestry Commission with 40,000 trees and a lot of tender loving care on the once derelict pit site – hosts the 3rd Kiveton Brass Band Festival on Sunday (17 July).
Last year over 1,000 people attended the event to hear the best in up and coming musical talent perform in a grassy amphitheatre.
Vying for honours this time will be a dozen highly tuned ensembles, including Thurcroft Welfare, Dronfield, Huddersfield and Ripponden, Hade Edge, Thurlston and Stone, flying the flag for Staffordshire.
The day-long competition has found a place in the hearts of local people and musicians alike, said ranger Dougie McTaggart:
“The roots of brass band music run very deep in the area and entrants have 20 minutes to impress the judges and sway the audience. We are looking for that X-factor that makes a band stand out as something special. It’s a fitting way to remember the localities' coal mining heritage. There's always friendly, but keen rivalry amongst the Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire bands and now Staffs has joined in.”
Last year the crown returned to the White Rose county from Nottinghamshire when Wakefield's Crofton Silver struck gold. The event is free and bands strike up from 11am. A £3 car parking charge applies. Further information on 01302 820278.
Notes to Editor
- Kiveton Colliery closed in 1994 and its green makeover saw 37,000 trees planted, complimenting 40 acres of existing woodland, with another 50 acres of ponds and grassland created, along with four kilometres of track ways. Smooth newts, water voles and many bird species have gained a foothold in the beauty spot. It is owned by the Land Trust and managed by the Forestry Commission.
- Forestry Commission England is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive woodlands. To find out more about the region’s woods log-on to www.forestry.gov.uk/eastmidlands
- The Land Trust is an organisation that provides a sustainable future and an exit strategy for public open spaces. The Trust, a company established by the Home and Communities Agency (formerly English Partnerships), Groundwork, the Environment Agency and the Forestry Commission deals with the long-term management of public spaces for the benefit of the community. The Trust’s goal is to provide maintenance of quality spaces in order to improve the economic, social and health prospects of an area. The Trust acquires land that is not considered to have any economic value and works with local management partners to create new sustainable "green amenities".
Media calls: Richard Darn on 0775 367 0038.