According to the donor of these items, there are two bands that feature in these photos; Isabella Pit and Ashington Colliery band.
One of the most recgonisable Northumberland bands is the Ashington Colliery Band. First formed in 1883 they were known as the Ashington Duke Band after the one of the pit shafts. They became so successful a second ‘silver’ band was formed known as the Ashington Colliery Model band. Players in the Ashington Colliery band started as young as 8. They gained widespread fame after their performance was used on the original ‘Boy on the Bike’ Hovis advert in 1973 and managed to record a single with MAM records in 1978.
Ashington Colliery band 7” vinyl record dating from 1978, produced by MAM records limited.
There are two tracks on the record: the A side is a recording of ‘Ragsy’ and the B side is recording of ‘Brown Bread ‘based on Dvoraks ‘Symphony From The New World’ and arranged by composer CY Payne.
MAM Records was a British Record label founded by Tom Jones and his business partner Gordon Mills launched in 1970 by the management company Management Agency & Music Ltd.
The items featured in this blog post were donated by a member of the public accession number ASHMM 2018.3.1-19.