Parading through the past to mark village’s future

A scene from the Easington Colliery Carnival in August, 1958.
A scene from the Easington Colliery Carnival in August, 1958.

A community will champion its talent and skills as a traditional celebration is given a revamp.

A heritage day will be hosted in Easington Colliery tomorrow as its historians work to recreate the joy its carnival used to bring.

It’s about the community coming together.

Susan Greig

It will be launched with a musical parade at 10am from Ascot Street to the Welfare Park, followed by a children’s fancy dress procession.

Rides and activities and live music will run, with arts and crafts to be exhibited.

The area’s history and skills will be celebrated with local food and beers, as will spoken word performances, guest speakers and a film and photographic exhibitions backed by a host of community groups.

Ribbon Road, a live performance of No Redemption, songs set to images of Keith Pattinson’s photos from the 1984/85 strike, will also feature.

A film created by Amber Films alongside children from the village will also be premiered and will go on to educate future generations about what life was like in a pit community when mines were still open.

Broth will be served up at the leek, flower and vegetable show, which will run from 6pm in the downstairs of the Social Welfare Centre, with a Northern Soul night to be hosted upstairs from 6.45pm until 1.30am.

Susan Greig, chairman of the Easington Colliery Heritage Group, said: “This is the first time we have done it.

“We heard it was heritage week and decided to do something as part of that.
“We had a public meeting and people said they wished the carnival was back and we want to bring hope back to the colliery and thought this day would be part of that.

“It’s about the community coming together.”

The event is being backed by Easington MP Grahame Morris, Labour MEP for the North East Jude Kirton-Darling and the Durham Miners’ Association among others.

More details can be found via the group’s Facebook page.

A full list of open days can be found online via www.heritageopendays.org.uk