Roaring 20s return to celebrate past

Dressed for the occasion are Sandra Murray and Jane Bentham(right) who are pictured with Ada Nesbitt who officially opened the room.
Dressed for the occasion are Sandra Murray and Jane Bentham(right) who are pictured with Ada Nesbitt who officially opened the room.

PEOPLE can step back almost 100 years after the creation of two new historic rooms at a heritage centre.

Horden Colliery Heritage Centre has styled and dressed two rooms on the 1920s with a range of furniture and fittings that will take people back to the era.

The centre’s committee was contacted by officials from Beamish Museum after it created a mining memorabilia room at the centre in Horden Welfare Park, off the village’s Seventh Street.

Experts from the museum then met up with committee members and they suggested they create two themed rooms at the facility, which is above the cafe in the popular village park.

Committee members then got together and decided to create a 1920s living room and a 1920s kitchen, both kitted out the mod-cons of the day including a mangle for drying washed clothes, equipment for making clippy mats out of old clothing, and a device to use when darning socks that have a hole in.

To make it more authentic they searched the internet and found a company that makes 1920s wallpaper for the living room and added the freezing to go around it.

There is an old fashioned baby’s crib and high chair that can double as a pushchair and can be used around the house.

There is a Jones sewing machine, a coal skuttle with a little shovel, and authentic-looking thick velvet 1920s curtains with nets behind.

The kitchen has a range that has been create by trainees from the Accent organisation, a mangle and an old contraption to wash clothes and an old clothes horse.

The centre already had created a mining memorabilia room in the building and it attracted interest from officials Beamish who wanted to check it out.

Horden parish councillor Billy Hill, who is honorary president of the heritage centre, said: “Beamish contacted us and said they wanted to have a look and we had a meeting and asked how we can improve it.

“They said why not have two rooms as themed rooms and we had a meeting and decided it should be 1920s-themed.

“The heritage centre is for the children of today to learn about their grandparents’ time when they were children.”

The new rooms were unveiled at an event that saw around 300 people visit the facility.

Coun Hill added on the occasion: “It was a really enjoyable day and about 300 people came.

“People donated cakes, pies and quiches and we gave them away to the people in the community who came.

“At the end of the day people were so impressed that they were giving donations in the bucket that will go towards the running of the heritage centre.

“Local councillors attended the event and it was opened by on of the oldest people in Horden, Alderman Ada Nesbitt who cut the ribbon.

“It was really pleasing that so many people from Horden came out to have a look at it.”

The Horden Colliery Heritage Centre is open to visitors from noon to 3pm each Wednesday.