Clocking off: Pictures of the last shift at nine Sunderland and East Durham pits

Wearmouth, Vane Tempest, Houghton and more

It was the end of an era. The days when these miners clocked off for the last time at the pits where they had worked for years.

From Wearmouth to Vane Tempest, the Echo has archive photos of the final shift at collieries in Sunderland and East Durham.

Some of the workers would move on to other pits. Others had said goodbye to the mining industry for the last time.

Re-live those moments once more.

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