Celebrating mining community’s rich history

Tom Robinson(left) and Colin Hutton of the JPEG photography group with some of the members pictures that were on show at the event.
Tom Robinson(left) and Colin Hutton of the JPEG photography group with some of the members pictures that were on show at the event.

Community spirits ran high in a village as residents rallied round to ensure its first heritage day party was a success.

Easington Colliery Heritage Day hosted a day of events after calls from families who could remember the days of its carnival.

Members of the Easington Colliery Heritage Group with the Easington Lodge banner at Saturday's celebrations.

Members of the Easington Colliery Heritage Group with the Easington Lodge banner at Saturday's celebrations.

Saturday saw the event launched with a heritage-themed fancy dress parade – shortened due to a downpour – with Welfare Park and Easington Social Welfare Centre hosting activities.

Women of the colliery also made history by becoming the first females to carry the Easington Lodge banner.

The area has a women’s banner, but the union display has only previously been hoisted by men – it was free for them to parade because the men were busy preparing for the leek and vegetable show.

Vickie Fannon, the history group’s secretary, said: “People have been really positive and we’re already thinking about doing it again, maybe with a different theme. We had lots of families. I think the community really got behind it.

People have been really positive and we’re already thinking about doing it again, maybe with a different theme.

Vickie Fannon

“It was a shame about the weather, but we live and learn from this.”

Vickie was joined by fellow colliery residents Clare Smith, Jill Bridges and Margaret Bower as they carried the banner.

She praised the parish and Durham County councillors for giving their support.

The funfair had to be called off due to the poor weather conditions.

Michael Wilson of Peterlee with some of his collection of mining memorabilia.

Michael Wilson of Peterlee with some of his collection of mining memorabilia.

However, there was still plenty to enjoy, from performances by local poets, Chrissie Petrie and Ian Horn, to a speech by Alan Cummings, president of the Durham Miners’ Association.

Live music proved a hit, with displays of photos and films on view, with a feature by Amber Films and schoolchildren from the village also premiered.

Local food and beers were served up, with the produce show put on in the evening, followed by a Northern Soul night in the welfare hall.

The day was held in tandem with the national Heritage Open Day.

Ribbon Road performing at the Easington event.

Ribbon Road performing at the Easington event.