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Musical ex-miners in Grimethorpe get album deal

Some of the UK's best-known colliery brass bands have united to release an album to mark the 25th anniversary of the end of the miners' strike.

The South Yorkshire-based Grimethorpe Colliery Band are among the bands featured on the album.

Several of the bands taking part played in the "loyalty parade" when miners returned to work as the strike ended in March 1985.

The album will be released by music company Universal on 1 March.

The Grimethorpe band provided the soundtrack to the 1994 film Brassed Off, about miners' struggles against pit closure.

Other bands showcased on the album include Kent's Betteshanger Brass, Scotland's Buckhaven and Methil Miners Brass Band, Point of Ayr in North Wales, Carlton Main Colliery and Desford Colliery Band.

Each of the contributing bands will receive a royalty from the sales, in an attempt to help them survive another 25 years.

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