Celebrating Washington’s history

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THE rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of Washington folk who came together to celebrate the town’s heritage as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

A mix of fairground rides, outdoor activities, nostalgia, entertainment and stalls was on offer to visitors who braved the weather to head to Albany Park for the Washington Heritage Festival on Saturday.

The Beamish Museum display at the Washington Heritage Festival on Saturday.

The Beamish Museum display at the Washington Heritage Festival on Saturday.

The day kicked off with a miners’ banner parade from Washington Gardeners Social Club, pausing at the miners’ memorial statue to the sound of the pitmen’s anthem Gresford.

A display of classic cars and vintage buses joined marquees containing a variety of exhibitions and displays, including a commemoration of World War One and its relevance to Washington, and a celebration of Washington 50, mining banners and local history.

Honor Stephenson, 79, said: “I was born in Washington in 1935 and I’ve lived here all my life. This is absolutely wonderful. It’s lovely looking at the old photographs.”