Chance to join the Black Diamonds

NHUD11-1847-1''The Black Diamond Band from Bestwood Village entertained the crowds at Bulwell's St Mary's Church on Sunday during a picnic as part of Open Churches Weekend.
NHUD11-1847-1''The Black Diamond Band from Bestwood Village entertained the crowds at Bulwell's St Mary's Church on Sunday during a picnic as part of Open Churches Weekend.

HAVE you got what it takes to join one of the most respected brass bands in the country?

If so, then the Bestwood Black Diamonds, based in Bestwood Village, would love to hear from you. For they have launched a recruitment drive and are on the lookout for any youngsters or adults who wish to learn to play a brass instrument.

“Also, anyone who has played a brass instrument and isn’t connected to a band at the moment is more than welcome to come along,” says band manager Richard Greenwood.

“The training band rehearse at Bestwood Village Community Centre on Thursdays from 6.45 pm to 7.45 pm. Anyone interested should ring me on 07977 610385 or e-mail richard.greenwood70@ntlworld.com”

The Black Diamonds were orginally formed way back in 1947 when their name stemmed from the high-quality coal that was brought up from Bestwood Colliery. When washed and broken, the coal glistened like diamonds.

The band continued to thrive after the colliery closed in 1971. They played at the highest competitive level and produced a host of fine musicians, earning a nationwide reputation.

After the demise of Bestwood Workshops, the Black Diamonds sank into a period of decline. But they have begun to compete again at national and area championships and appear to be progressing well.

OUR PHOTO shows one of the band’s engagements last summer.