Colliery heritage trail to be created for town

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The story of Ashington Colliery will be told through a new heritage trail thanks to a £24,500 grant.

The trail, which is being made possible thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund award, will depict the structures and activities of the mine in its actual location.

The project, which will also see the creation of a new website, was the ambition of George Nichol, who was born and raised in Ashington and spent a large part of his working life at Ashington Colliery.

George wanted to create something which celebrated the town’s proud history and heritage in the place where it all originated.

Sadly George died in July having formed an Ashington Colliery Heritage Group and drawing up plans for the heritage trail and website.

Now his son Paul, who submitted the group’s application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, is taking the lead on the construction of the trail.

Paul said: “My dad was very proud of his Ashington roots and extremely passionate about the heritage trail.

“He wanted the local schools to be a part of a project by developing a website and including the mining history of the town in their syllabus.

“We are all determined to bring this trail and its associated activities to fruition as both a tribute to my dad and the many thousands of men, women and boys who worked at the colliery over its lifetime.”

The Ashington Colliery Heritage Trail and website is scheduled for completion in summer 2014.