Pupils step back in time to remember mining heritage

St Joseph's RC Primary School choir performing.

St Joseph's RC Primary School choir performing.

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Talented youngsters at a Washington school were on song to remember their mining heritage.

The choir from St Joseph’s RC Primary School in Washington went along to the F Pit Museum for a special ceremony.

The event was held to dedicate the First World War memorial being moved from the Washington Miners’ Welfare Hall to its new home at the museum.

Marie Coates, chairman of St Joseph’s Parents, Teachers and Friends Association, said: “The children sang a selection of First World War marching songs and mining songs from the era.”

They were assisted by their teacher Clare Hampson, as well as by Keith Gregson, a local historian and advisor to the museum.

The museum celebrates the life of Washington F Pit, which was sunk in 1777 and became the largest coal-producing pit at the colliery.