Death of Tony the pony marks end of an era

A CHAPTER of south east Northumberland’s mining heritage has ended after the death of the last of the pit ponies from Ellington Colliery at the age of 40.

Tony, thought to have been the last pit pony in England, spent his last 17 years at Newcastle Cat and Dog Shelter in Benton.

He was one of four ponies to be brought out of the pit in 1994.

Shelter chief executive Leyla Rutter said: “As the last surviving pit pony from Ellington Colliery, his sad death marks the end of an era.”