BIG band sounds reverberated across the Leas at the weekend during a concert on the bandstand. The Folkestone open-air venue played host to the Snowdown Colliery Welfare Band. And while they entertained the crowds; volunteers from the British Heart Foundation made a collection to celebrate the charities 40th anniversary. The final total was just under £40.
The music is as good as ever and Snowdown Colliery Welfare Brass Band members now look extra smart in new jackets. For years they were dressed in blue but now they are going for a fresh more comfortable look. Their “Officers Mess”-type outfits are cut slightly longer than waist coats. They are mainly black with blue on the lapels and around the cuffs. There is gold braid around the cuffs and collar. The band bought 25 uniforms, costing a total of £4,137, from a specialist firm in Leeds, R J Handley, which made jackets for the film “Brassed Off”. Help came from Dover District Council”s Single Regeneration Budget funding via the Community Chest which gave £2,068 towards the jackets. Help with the coats was very important. We would have eventually afforded them, but certainly not this soon and perhaps not of this high quality. We are very grateful. Treasurer and cornet player Suzy Tigwell The jackets have transformed the appearance of the band, boosted our confidence and made us more professional. Band Chairman Andrew Woodward The band, formed in 1929 entirely of miners from Snowdown Colliery, plays at about 30 events a year, mainly in East Kent, raising money for… Read more“Bold as Brass in Smart New Band Jackets”