Try your hand at blacksmith skills

HOT WORK: Grafting at the workshop.
HOT WORK: Grafting at the workshop.
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A RESTORED blacksmith’s workshop will welcome visitors as they try their own hand at the trade.

The smithy in Hetton welcomed 34 people when it opened its doors for a workshop last month and is now preparing to host its next session.

Blacksmith Jack Guy will lead the class and will demonstrate traditional skills, including making horseshoes, with the day free to attend.

The Grade II listed single storey building is one of the oldest in the town and was restored from a state of collapse.

It was recently highly commended by Constructing Excellence in the North East in its heritage category, with traditional methods used to restore the roof, forge and gable, with historic roof tiles provided by Beamish Museum.

The work was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and led by Durham County Council’s Limestone Landscapes Project, which works with residents and experts to conserve the landscapes, wildlife and rich heritage of the Magnesian Limestone.

The area covers South Shields to Hartlepool, including Sunderland and East Durham, helping communities enjoy and celebrate their local area.

The next open day will run from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, July 5, with another to be held on Saturday, August 2, from the same times.