A new DVD looking at coal mining

Fire tenders pumping water from the Lyne Burn to Lynemouth Colliery, c  1966.
Fire tenders pumping water from the Lyne Burn to Lynemouth Colliery, c 1966.

A new DVD has been produced looking back at the demise of one of Northumberland’s biggest industries.

Sixtownships have begun a series of DVDs focusing on the demise of coal mines, and have begun with Lynemouth Colliery.

Using still photographs and archive footage, they look back at the colliery which was first sunk in 1927.

In November 1966, the colliery was at risk of closure when spontaneous combustion caused a huge fire underground.

Years later, the colliery began to fail in its targets and all underground mining was halted, but its closure was never officially announced.

On October 3, 1983, Ellington and Lynemouth Collieries became known as the Ellington Combine.

The DVD, priced at £5.99, is available from www.sixtownships.org.uk or at Al’s on Station Road, Ashington.

It is free to all local schools.