The band was formed in 1967 after the closure of the Llay Main Colliery. The instruments were transported to Point of Ayr, where local people formed a band.

During the 1970’s, the band rose up through the sections winning many first prizes at prestigious contests. In 1981 Championship status was attained (the equivalent of football’s Premier League), and at the first attempt, the band qualified for the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Point of Ayr retained it’s Championship status up to the year 2000, below is a glance at some of the prizes won during this period –

  • Radio Wales Band of the Year ’83, ’84, ’85
  • Pontins Championships (on many occasiona)
  • National Championships (the first band from North Wales to do so)
  • Joshua Tetly Champions Leeds (first Welsh band)
  • Rhyl Festival of Brass ’97, ’98
  • Third Place at European Championships, Netherlands ’98 (first North Wales band)
  • Third Place in World Championships, ’99

The band have been runners up to the famous Grimethorpe Colliery band in the National Coalboard competition on many occasions, and have been well places in the british open competition which involved the top twenty bands in the country.

The band flourished mainly under the baton of Michael Fowles, who conducted the band during many of their victories.


One Response to History

  1. Richard Down says:

    I’d love to have a brief chat about the new album that’s coming out in March to commemorate the end of the miner’s strike.

    We’d love to do a decent size story in tomorrow’s paper (Sat Jan 23) but I’m struggling for details.

    Please get in touch if you’re able to help,

    Richard Down
    North Wales Daily Post
    North East Wales Reporter
    01978 315854

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