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This page is part of an archive of historical details from existing or defunct brass band websites. This is being maintained to provide a record of this information in the event of a band folding, its website disappearing or other loss of the historical record. Where possible, and appropriate, the information cached will be updated from time to time - and any corrections or updates are welcome.



Craghead Band

The band began as The Sacriston Band or Sacriston Town Band. Records show that it was active in 1905, and competed at Crystal Palace in 1932. The band seems to have become dormant around the time of WWII.

The band was re-formed in the late 1970s as Sacriston Colliery Band.

The re-formed Sacriston Colliery Band, was conducted by ex Crookhall Colliery Flugel player, Ken Wheatley, who worked as a Pit Deputy at Sacriston Colliery. The band won the 4th section area in 1981 and went on to take the 3rd section title in 1983. The band reached second section standard under Ken, and competed at that level until the mid-90s. Around this time Ken left, and eventually took over at Hetton. The band seems to have gone into a period of decline, not appearing in the National Brass Band qualifers for a few years at the end of the 90s.

In 2000 the band was back in the 4th section under Richie Wallace who at the time played Euphonium for The Newcastle Brown Ale Band, and later Rothwell. Richard stayed with the band until 2003 when the band was taken over by John Robson.

John originally came to run the Junior Band and had many successes with young soloists in regional competitions, but when the conductors spot became available, John took over the helm.

After an invitation in 2006 from the Craghead Development Trust, the band moved a few miles up the road to Craghead and took the name from the local colliery which closed in 1969. The original colliery band left the village in 1969 following a sponsorship deal with The Ever Ready Battery company, and became The Ever Ready Band. Subsequently that band became The Reg Vardy Band. If you wish to visit their website please click on this link www.regvardyband.co.uk.

John steered the band until 2010 when he retired.

Brian Wright took over the band shortly after John left. Brian, an experienced conductor with Hetton, Washington and Trimdon, was Musical Director for 3 years. Brian formerly played for Hetton, Washington, and Hordon, and is now currently with The Ashington band where he plays Baritone.

Brian left the band in 2013, his place being taken by the band's current conductor Lee Morris.