Coal cart will pay tribute to mining history

A piece of mining history has been brought to life at an Ashington care home.

Portland Colliery donated a coal cart to Woodhorn Park after a kind-hearted local man overheard the facility’s manager reminiscing about Ashington’s mining history.

The coal cart, which has been given a makeover with the help of Woodhorn Park residents, now sits in the home’s garden by the main entrance.

The cart stands as a reminder of Ashington’s recent past and the industry which had a major impact on many of the residents now living at the home.

General manager Joanne Young had been reminiscing with her father about the mining days when Brian Blackburn and Mick McEleney, a friend’s of Joanne’s father, overheard the conversation.

They heard her say she would love a coal tub for the home, so Brian and Mick contacted the Portland Colliery to see if anything could be done.

Joanne said: “I was overwhelmed to hear that the lads at the Portland Colliery wanted to donate a coal tub to our care home.

“It is a striking feature and one which means a lot to many of us who were part of the local mining community.”