Holy Trinity’s 175th birthday is marked by members of the congregation

TRINITY WORSHIPPERS: Rev Alan Stainsby, right, with members of the congregation who have been helping with the Holy Trinity 175th celebrations. Below, The South Hetton Good Templar Juvenile Queen in Hetton's Front Street, 1958.

TRINITY WORSHIPPERS: Rev Alan Stainsby, right, with members of the congregation who have been helping with the Holy Trinity 175th celebrations. Below, The South Hetton Good Templar Juvenile Queen in Hetton's Front Street, 1958.

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A CHURCH has mined a host of information about its history as it marks its 175th year.

Holy Trinity in Front Street, South Hetton, which belongs to the Church of England, was set up by the owners of the village pit.

South Hetton's Holy Trinity Church is marking its 175th anniversary and for this week only has an exhibition of old photographs of Hetton and its people, photographs lent by parishioners of Christenings and marriages and a set of banners on loan from the recent Lindisfarne Gospels Exhibition at Durham.'The church today.

South Hetton's Holy Trinity Church is marking its 175th anniversary and for this week only has an exhibition of old photographs of Hetton and its people, photographs lent by parishioners of Christenings and marriages and a set of banners on loan from the recent Lindisfarne Gospels Exhibition at Durham.'The church today.

Now its congregation are celebrating its past, with the church still based in the same building.

A special service was held at the weekend, with an exhibition about its history to run until Friday.

The banners put up during the Lindisfarne Gospels visit to Durham during the summer will also be on show.

Reverend Alan Stainsby, who has led the church for four years, said: “The church was set up by the local mine owner and they were very tribal, so each village in the area had their own.

South Hetton's Holy Trinity Church is marking its 175th anniversary and for this week only has an exhibition of old photographs of Hetton and its people, photographs lent by parishioners of Christenings and marriages and a set on banners on loan from the recent Lindisfarne Gospels Exhibition at Durham.'One of the old photographs from the exhibition showing an exterior view of the church.

South Hetton's Holy Trinity Church is marking its 175th anniversary and for this week only has an exhibition of old photographs of Hetton and its people, photographs lent by parishioners of Christenings and marriages and a set on banners on loan from the recent Lindisfarne Gospels Exhibition at Durham.'One of the old photographs from the exhibition showing an exterior view of the church.

“We still have a very strong congregation. We’re in the same building and have just had some renovation work done which was possible because of fund-raising.”

South Hetton's Holy Trinity Church is marking its 175th anniversary and for this week only has an exhibition of old photographs of Hetton and its people, photographs lent by parishioners of Christenings and marriages and a set on banners on loan from the recent Lindisfarne Gospels Exhibition at Durham.'Another picture from the anniversary exhibition showing the South Hetton Good Templar Juvenile Queen in Hetton's Front Street, 1958.

South Hetton's Holy Trinity Church is marking its 175th anniversary and for this week only has an exhibition of old photographs of Hetton and its people, photographs lent by parishioners of Christenings and marriages and a set on banners on loan from the recent Lindisfarne Gospels Exhibition at Durham.'Another picture from the anniversary exhibition showing the South Hetton Good Templar Juvenile Queen in Hetton's Front Street, 1958.