Musical tribute to the miners: Wearmouth pit is remembered in style
A fitting tribute has been paid to the workers of Wearmouth Colliery - 30 years on from the pit's last shift.
Farewell Johnny Miner
Guests got to see the Monkwearmouth Lodge banner before enjoying the annual event which is normally held at Redhills in Durham, but the iconic building is undergoing a multi-million pound restoration.
The concert was packed with highlights including festive classics performed by Durham Miners’ Association Brass Band.
There was a guest performance by North East folk singer Bill Elliott who sang the song Farewell Johnny Miner.
Wearside's mining heritage being protected at Redhills
Nick Malyan, CEO of Redhills Durham, gave an update on the ongoing Durham Miners' Hall restoration project.
With the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Durham County Council and others, Redhills is being redeveloped as a centre for culture, heritage and education.
Nick said the closure of Wearmouth Colliery 30 years ago offered a 'poignant opportunity to reflect on our past while celebrating the festive season'.
For more information on the restoration of Redhills, visit https://redhillsdurham.org/