Weekend of fun at Washington F Pit

Washington F Pit by Lee Hargreaves
Washington F Pit by Lee Hargreaves
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A FREE weekend of family fun is lined-up at Washington F Pit.

Open days tomorrow and Sunday will allow visitors to learn more about the crucial role that coal played in shaping the identity of Washington, Sunderland and the wider North East region.

F Pit was first sunk in 1777, and was closed by the National Coal Board in 1968.

The winding house and headgear were presented by the Coal Board to the people of Washington and remain today as a tribute to the miners and their work.

Sunderland Councillor John Kelly, who represents Washington, said: “Washington’s F Pit is an important part of our heritage.

“Every visitor gets a real insight into the conditions and culture of the coal industry as they see what life was like for miners and their families.”

Washington F Pit is at Albany Way, Washington.

Weekend activities include fossil rubbing, making mini mining lamps and decorating traditional festival bunting.

They run from 11.30am to 1pm, and 2pm to 4pm. The building is open from 11am to 1.30pm and 2pm to 4pm.

The bunting will be displayed at future events at Washington F Pit, including Heritage Open Days on Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15, and Washington Heritage Festival on Saturday, September 21.