Morning event for village’s half pit wheel memorial

The pit wheel memorial in Lynemouth pictured soon after the top soil was laid. Picture by Kevin Hindmarsh.
The pit wheel memorial in Lynemouth pictured soon after the top soil was laid. Picture by Kevin Hindmarsh.

A new addition to Lynemouth that commemorates those who worked in the local coal mining industry will be officially unveiled on Saturday.

The memorial is located just off the mini roundabout in the centre of the village at Bridge Road and it incorporates a half pit wheel and a plaque.

It was designed and built by Lynemouth Parish Council. The project was supported by Banks Community Fund.

A short ceremony will take place from 11am to celebrate Lynemouth’s rich and proud mining heritage.

The county councillor for the area, Milburn Douglas, will give a short welcoming address before the unveiling of the pit wheel.

It will be carried out by parish council chairman Gillian Thompson, accompanied by Jack Tubby – a former colliery manager who started as a trainee at Lynemouth Colliery in 1957 – and children from the local William Leech Campus.

The memorial will then be dedicated and blessed by Rev Alan Simpson, who will lay his hands on the wheel. The ceremony will be supported by Ellington Colliery Band – it will give a moving rendition of the Miners’ Hymn (Gresford).

Coun Thompson said: “I am delighted to be officially opening the Lynemouth pit wheel memorial, due in no small part to the active involvement of local councillors.

“This tribute to the village’s mining heritage is a fitting commemoration of the industry and people that drove the development of this community and will, I am sure, be a great focal point for future generations for many years to come.

“I am very pleased that Banks Community Fund has been able to support us with funding of £4,500 and I thank everyone involved in making this vision a reality.”

Residents and guests are invited to join members of the parish council in Lynemouth Miners’ Welfare Institute for refreshments afterwards.

Lynemouth was the highest profit-making mine in the Northumberland coalfield until a major underground fire disaster struck in 1966.