NOSTALGIA: Music for the movies?

Musicians outside the pre-war Amble cinema.
Musicians outside the pre-war Amble cinema.

Gazette reader Des Thirtle, from Darlington, provided this picture.

‘According to family history, shows the group of musicians outside the pre-war Amble cinema who played the music during the silent films, though looking at the number involved, it may simply have been a concert’.

It features his grandfather Edward, or Ned, a miner and well-known figure, on the right of the back row with the cornet.