VIDEO: Ceremony for pit wheel memorial

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A new addition to Lynemouth that commemorates those who worked in the local coal mining industry was officially unveiled on Saturday.

The memorial is located just off the mini roundabout in the centre of the village at Bridge Road and it incorporates a half pit wheel and a plaque.

From left, Lynemouth Parish Council chairman Gillian Thompson, Sydney Burke, who was the longest serving undermanager at Lynemouth Colliery, local county councillor Milburn Douglas and Rev Alan Simpson by the memorial. Picture by Jane Coltman.

From left, Lynemouth Parish Council chairman Gillian Thompson, Sydney Burke, who was the longest serving undermanager at Lynemouth Colliery, local county councillor Milburn Douglas and Rev Alan Simpson by the memorial. Picture by Jane Coltman.

It was designed and built by Lynemouth Parish Council. The project received support from the Banks Community Fund.

At the special ceremony, county councillor for the area Milburn Douglas gave a short welcoming address.

The memorial unveiling was carried out by parish council chairman Gillian Thompson, accompanied by Sydney Burke – who was the longest serving undermanager at Lynemouth Colliery – and some children from the local William Leech Campus.

It was then dedicated and blessed by Rev Alan Simpson and there was a moving rendition of the Miners’ Hymn (Gresford) by Ellington Colliery Band.

Coun Thompson said: “This memorial is due in no small part to the active involvement of local councillors.

“This tribute to the village’s mining heritage is a fitting commemoration of the industry and people that drove the development of this community and will, I am sure, be a great focal point for future generations for many years to come.

“I am very pleased that Banks Community Fund was able to support us with funding of £4,500 and I thank everyone involved in making this vision a reality.”

Lynemouth was the highest profit-making mine in the Northumberland coalfield until a major underground fire disaster struck in 1966.

Coun Douglas said: “It is fantastic to see so many people commemorating the industry and the impact it has had on our area and learning more about their history and heritage.”