Ashington Colliery - The WAy it Was . DVD


Ashington Colliery - The WAy it Was . DVD

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Take a trip back in time as we remember Ashington Colliery and The Way It Was. We begin our story with the early days and look how the colliery not only looked on the surface but underground. We also look at the New Moor Shaft and go underground to see how it was in those days now long gone. There is also the Coneygarth Drift and again we visit underground to see how it once was. We have rogation Sunday, a special day when locals went to the colliery with members of the church to bless the colliery and say prayers for those who worked at the colliery in this lovely piece of Archive footage from 1957. Meet the pit trainees and see for yourself the jobs they were trained for when they went underground to begin their life as a coal miner. It wasn’t just the young miners that did their training at Ashington Colliery but older miners who went on the divisional mechanised coal training course to learn how to operate machinery and other tasks connected to the coal face. From 1977 we have archive footage of the world famous pitmen painters. This is remarkable footage as we listen to probably one of the most famous pitmen painters Oliver Kilbourn talking about his mining career and his inspirations for his artwork. We also meet others from the group in their hut working on their masterpieces and a little more. We also have the Northumberland Miners Picnic that was held in Ashington in 1979 to look back on. The mines rescue service is on film for you to see how they traoined as two young miners from Ashington go on a course in 1948. There is film of various mining machinery being used on the coal face that will give you an example of how skilled a coal miner was at the job he knew best. There is so much more on this DVD for you to witness and it gives you a look into a job that is sadly no longer with us. Ashington was said to be the biggest mining village in the world and sadly that title died when coal mining ceased, but maybe it should still hold that name ? Approx 60 minutes duration.

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