The Grimethorpe Colliery Band, which starred in the cult hit movie Brassed Off, is facing shutdown unless it can find £12,000 ($19,000) a month to pay its bills. Sponsorship has collapsed in the recession and all that Arts Council England will chip in is £23,000 a year.
The local MP is fuming. The Daily Mirror is blowing its red-top. Will no-one get off their butts to save this prized piece of English heritage?