Wearmouth Colliery reunion remembers Sunderland’s pit heritage

Last shift at Wearmouth Colliery pic taken 10 December 1993 old ref number 19956 Wearmouth Pit'Men in their pit clothes leave the cages at Wearmouth Colliery this afternoon. Friday December 10 1993
Last shift at Wearmouth Colliery pic taken 10 December 1993 old ref number 19956 Wearmouth Pit'Men in their pit clothes leave the cages at Wearmouth Colliery this afternoon. Friday December 10 1993
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WORKERS who plied their trade at a former Sunderland pit which was closed more than two decades ago are being invited to an annual reunion.

Those who worked at Wearmouth Colliery in the city can go along to a celebration event later this month.

Wearmouth Colliery April 1958 old ref number 27-3132''New Tower Winder in Wearmouth Colliery April 1958

Wearmouth Colliery April 1958 old ref number 27-3132''New Tower Winder in Wearmouth Colliery April 1958

First opened in 1835, the colliery’s last shift was in December 1993.

By 1947, when the coal industry was nationalised, there were more than 130 collieries within the Durham coalfield.

Despite many accidents occurring at Wearmouth, the mine was the last to remain operating in the County Durham coalfield.

The site was cleared soon after and the Stadium of Light, which opened in July 1997, stands in its place after it became Sunderland AFC’s new home following the closure of Roker Park.

We usually get a good turnout but with it being more than 20 years since the colliery closed there aren’t as many people coming as before

Organiser of the reunion, Muriel Tulley, told the Echo: “We usually get a good turnout but with it being more than 20 years since the colliery closed there aren’t as many people coming as before.

“Anyone who worked at Wearmouth and their family and friends are welcome to attend.”

Admission for the reunion, which takes place on Tuesday, March 24, at Mill View Club in Fulwell, is by ticket only.

Tickets can be bought by contacting Muriel on 549 8709 or going to All Seasons in Kayll Road, across from Sunderland Royal Hospital.