New banners promote town past and future

The new banners in Ashington.
The new banners in Ashington.

A new campaign has been launched to promote a county town’s ‘Proud Past and Bright Future’.

A total of 30 colourful banners are now hanging in Ashington, commemorating the town’s links with the Pitmen Painters, featuring paintings that are part of the Ashington Group Collection, displayed at nearby Woodhorn Museum.

Sir John Hall, chairman of Ashington Town Team, the organisers of the project, said: “Ashington is undergoing major regeneration and moving on from its industrial roots to becoming a modern town with a very bright future.

“The Town Team were keen to replace the old banners in the town centre with new ones that had a real connection to local heritage.

“Many residents and businesses have mentioned their pride in Ashington being the home of the Pitmen Painters and we were delighted to use so many of the paintings.”

The project was developed with help from Northumberland County Council, Woodhorn and Ashington Town Council.

Sir John added: “These banners are full of character and really bring the town centre to life, supporting the regeneration schemes. Ashington is really on the up and the banners capture this energy and optimism.”