Celebrating the glory days of Old King Coal

COAL CELEBRATIONS: youngsters take part in a Durham Miners Gala parade at Beamish Museum, part of Old King Coal exhibition
COAL CELEBRATIONS: youngsters take part in a Durham Miners Gala parade at Beamish Museum, part of Old King Coal exhibition
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THE glory days of Old King Coal are being celebrated at a County Durham museum.

A five-day mining spectacular is now under way at Beamish, with a junior Miners’ Gala for schoolchildren from across the North East held yesterday.

Pit banner displays, a tribute to the 200th anniversary of the miners’ lamp and an exhibition by Silksworth Mining Heritage Group are also planned as part of the celebrations.

“The Old King Coal event is a brilliant way to mark so many important aspects of mining life in the North East,” said community events officer Gemma Stevenson.

“It will be a fantastic celebration of the rich mining heritage of the area with lots to look out for – come and join us!”

Highlights of the event, which runs until Sunday, will include banner design sessions, parades. marching bands, a dance, traditional games and proggy mat-making lessons.