Men in their pit clothes leave the cages at Wearmouth Colliery after the last shift in 1993.
Men in their pit clothes leave the cages at Wearmouth Colliery after the last shift in 1993.

Nine poignant photos from the last shift at pits across Sunderland and County Durham

Thousands of people worked in pits across Wearside and County Durham.

Wearmouth, Vane Tempest, Dawdon and more were once the mainstay of employment in the area.

And when the collieries shut, the Sunderland Echo was there to record some of the last shifts in an industry which had once flourished for decades.

In the meantime, take a look at these reminders of the final days of famous pits in our communities.

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