New plinth is unveiled

The new plint at New Hartley's memorial park.
The new plint at New Hartley's memorial park.

A new plinth and stone tablet have been unveiled in New Hartley’s memorial park.

Almost 100 villagers and visitors crowded into the tiny park to mark the unveiling of the plint, which outlines the story of over 200 men and boys who lost their lives in at the 1862 pit disaster.

Ronnie Campbell MP spoke of his memories as a younger man in the mining industry and how the disaster had proved a turning point in bringing about mine safety which continued to this day.

The dedication was given by Rev David Ormesher, and a choir from New Hartley First School sang a specially adapted version of the song, ‘One More Step Along the Way’, and two students from Seaton Sluice Middle School read the dedication poem.

The work has been jointly funded by Seaton Valley Council and Northumberland County Council.

Russ Coleman, artist, and Rob Walton both responsible for the new addition also created the pathway through the park which records the names and ages of all those who died.