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Harton Colliery Band

1873 - In this year mention was made of the existence of the of the Harton Colliery Band in print but it was not until 1911 that records of its life began to be recorded. It was then that it adopted the players of the Tyne Dock Temperance Band to form the band we know about today. It became one of the finest bands in the country and won the British Open in 1919, the first colliery band to do so. 

It maintained its leading position for 25 years. until, in 1984, the miner's strike helped to precipitate its downfall and at one time the strike brought down the number in the band to only three and local school children were recruited to keep the practices going.  Previously the Westoe colliery had re-opened and as the Harton and Westoe Colliery Band it continued until 1968 when, with the closure of Harton Colliery, it dropped the name Harton from its title.

The end of the band was feared when the Westoe Colliery closed in 1991 but the determination of its members kept it going until1993 when the South Tyneside Health Care Trust came to its rescue as a sponsor by providing rehearsal facilities for them, and they in turn provided fund-raising concerts for the benefit of hospital patients.