Take a look back at past

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Two new DVDs have been created which look back at the history of collieries and villages in Northumberland.

The aptly titled Collieries and Villages of Northumberland starts with a look at Ashington, once the biggest mining village in the world.

It carries on to Pegswood and Longhirst Drift, Linton Colliery, Wheatslade, Dudley and Seaton Delaval.

Bates Colliery, near Blyth, and also the River Blyth with the harbour shipping coal, is featured, along with the high ferry.

Ellington Colliery is on film as miners leave the surface and travel underground to operate the machinery on the coal face.

And The Pitmens Derby at Gosforth Park from 1949 will be shown, along with Tom Smith, Lynemouth Colliery manager in 1964, talking about producing over a million tons of coal a year.

The second DVD is Bygone Ashington, which looks back at the history and past of the mining town.

Along with historical facts and dates, it promises a fascinating piece of the past. See how the streets have changed over the years as once prominent buildings are no longer to be seen.

The coal mining heritage is also recalled.

Both are available online at shop.pasttimesmedia.co.uk