Visitors turn out to honour mining history

The Northumberland Miners' Picnic 2015.
The Northumberland Miners' Picnic 2015.

Thousands of people attended a special event commemorating and celebrating the region’s coal mining heritage.

The 2015 Northumberland Miners’ Picnic took place at Woodhorn Museum on Saturday, June 13, with a full programme of entertainment and activities.

An estimated 3,000 people visited the picnic, where Ashington Colliery Band played the Miner’s Hymn Gresford at the laying of the wreaths, which was written by Durham miner Robert Saint to commemorate 265 men who lost their lives at an explosion at Gresford Colliery in North Wales in 1934.

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery, the Rev Peter Sinclair, from St Bartholomew’s Church in Newbiggin, Rev Lorna Beadle, from Holy Sepulchre, Ashington, and Peter Robinson, Archdeacon of Lindisfarne, were in attendance.

There was also music from Bedlington Youth Brass Band, the New Rope String Band and the Baghdaddies. The event celebrated its 151st anniversary, and continues to commemorate and celebrate the coal mining history and heritage.

Many people fondly remember when brass bands accompanied miners and their colourful union banners through the streets.