New banner on display

A MINING banner thought never to have been on show to the public before is expected at a heritage event tomorrow.

Trimdon Station Community Centre, in Station Road East, is hosting a mining and history day from 11am-4pm.

Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson is expected to open the event, which is being held in association with East Durham Area Action Partnership.

The newly-discovered Deaf Hill banner, which dates back to the 1950s, was found at Redhills Miners’ Hall, in Durham City.

The banner will be the fourth in the Deaf Hill colliery collection, adding to two already housed at the centre – a 1930s banner, along with a replica unfurled 10 years ago – and one owned by Blackhall man Ted Atherton, which was unfurled in 1892.

Centre manager Derek Bradley said: “We would hope the banner can come here to stay.”

The centre is expecting 12 other banners from villages including Blackhall, Horden, Kelloe, Fishburn and the other Trimdons, during the event.

It will also feature local photographs from the Trimdons as well as those from members of Blackhall History Society.

Refreshments will be available during the free event, and more information can be obtained by calling (01429) 882200.