Ex-Miners welcome back lodge banner after five decades

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EX-MINERS will welcome a pit lodge banner back to a former colliery.

The piece of history – last paraded at Durham Miners’ Gala in 1965 – has been returned to Sherburn Village after being rediscovered by a group of local fund-raisers in a chapel in Hetton after several years.

The group campaigned to have it restored, bought a suitable display case and a replica to march through Durham in this year’s July gala.

The banner will be welcomed back to the village in at a night of nostalgia at Sherburn village Workingmen’s club tonight.

North East Euro MP Stephen Hughes will attend the evening. He said: “Miners’ banners have a long tradition and communities do have a proud attachment to them. They contain messages of struggle and hope. Many of the messages still ring true today.”

Chairman of the banner group, Stephen Guy, said: “ It was an easy decision for the group to invite Stephen to perform the unveiling of the banner.

“He has a marvellous track record in protecting the interests of the former mining communities and spent his formative years in Haswell Plough, one of our neighbouring former mining villages.”

The event starts at 7pm and tickets cost £3. Tel: 372 0749.