Collieries of Northumberland & Durham II


Collieries of Northumberland & Durham II

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This is the second part of Collieries of Northumberland & Durham. In this film we begin our journey in the Durham coalfield and visit Murton Colliery. We have scenes from the surface and underground with the Joy Continuous Miner at work. We then visit Vane Tempest Colliery and witness the miners in the lamp room and descending the mine in the pit cage. Underground we witness the miners at work on a longwall coalface extracting coal. At Shotton Colliery we have scenes on the surface and underground and witness the miners and coal being blasted. We also have the Easington Colliery disaster from May 29th 1951. Sadly 81 miners died when an explosion ripped through the mine. Another two men from the mines rescue service later lost their lives in attempting to save others. With archive footage and still photographs we witness events from this tragic day in Durham’s coal mining history. In Northumberland we begin with a visit to the Bedlington Dr. Pit and witness scenes on the surface and underground including a pit pony. After a visit to Choppington “A” Pit we then move further towards the borders and visit Blackhill Colliery and the Allerdean Drift Mine both near Berwick. There is a vast amount of various underground work on view and some very dangerous work too. We then go to Shilbottle Colliery with underground scenes of miners at work undercutting the coalface. At Eccles Colliery we have more superb scenes on the coalface for you to witness. Lynemouth Colliery gives a superb insight into early coal mining and to give you an example of how coal mining had changed we have a superb look at a vast amount of coal cutting machinery at work and this includes a fantastic roadway cutting machine used at Vane Tempest Colliery. 45 MINUTES DURATION APPROX

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