Colliery Villages of Durham DVD


Colliery Villages of Durham DVD

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This is the first DVD in our Colliery Villages of Durham series. We visit Murton, Wheatley Hill, Shotton and Dawdon and witness how life was in days long gone. We have a vast amount of rare archive footage, and still photographs to bring this incredible journey to life for you all to enjoy. You never know on this film who you may recognise. It could be you, a family member or a friend as we have so much to offer for you. From industrial to social life in Durham villages we bring you a fascinating glimpse into how it really was in these villages. We have events, street scenes, fashion, entertainment, schools, transport, housing conditions, leek growing, rapper sword dancers, women's football, Vesting Day, when the mines were finally nationalised, pit ponies, poverty, the strikes and the soup kitchens, digging for coal to keep the home warm during the 1926 strike and much more. You will certainly get your eyes open as you witness how hard life was in the early days. Times may be hard today, but back then it was as hard as you got. You wont forget what your ancestors went through when you view this film and you never know, if you are old enough you may recall some of these memories. Go inside a colliery cottage and see how they looked. Witness the miner in the tin bath, no pithead showers in those days. However we do have pithead showers on film too from the 1960s. Step back in time and witness the Coronation parties held when Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne. Were you there ? If not you may just recognise someone who was as they enjoyed that special day. Vesting Day was a special day in the miners life. Finally the mines left private ownership and went under the ownership of the National Coal Board. The footage of this great day comes from Wheatley Hill. We have early scenes from 1898 right up until the 1970s, so step back in time and see how it was as there is something for everyone on this superb film. Copyright Six-T Media 2012: Total running time approximately 60 minutes

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