The schoolhouse belonging to Bethania Chapel in Ffynnongroyw had been home to Point of Ayr Colliery Brass Band since 1983. It was later professionally converted into rehearsal studios, renovations which included the creation of a spacious, acoustically treated live room.
The brass band enjoyed an illustrious history. It was formed in 1967 after the closure of the Llay Main Colliery near Wrexham. The instruments were transported to Point of Ayr, where local people formed the band.
During the 1970s the band won many first prizes at prestigious contests, culminating in 1981 when it qualified for the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall.
Point of Ayr finished runner-up to the famous Grimethorpe Colliery band in the National Coal Board competition on many occasions.
In 2014, with the rehearsal studios empty, local musician businessman Peter Footitt purchased the building. His vision was to maintain the brass band’s legacy of musical enjoyment in Ffynnongroyw, a vision he now shares with beginners and professionals alike.
Today, reminders of the brass band be can still be seen at The Music Mine Studios, iconic items kept and preserved for future generations of musicians.
Find out more about The Point of Ayr Colliery here; www.poach.org.uk