Heritage day brings community together

School pupils did some artwork for a heritage banner.
School pupils did some artwork for a heritage banner.

There were plenty of attractions at this year’s Pegswood Heritage Day event.

At the Pegswood Community Woods site, the Junior Rangers and volunteers helped set things out before local school children paraded their banner in front of their proud parents.

The VoiceMale choir gave it their all with funny and poignant songs of the pit, fishing and Northumbrian life and the tunes of Newbiggin Brass Brand were also popular with those who attended.

Children played Cob (an old Viking game), Peter Lynne made whistles, Bill Bell showed his archive display of mining artefacts and Jonah Morris led his horse, Jimmy, through the woods to drag out huge trees.

Woodhorn Museum came along with proggy mats crafts, Pegswood Allotment Association with pigeons and Pegswood Community Woods volunteers led trails through the woods to a camp-fire where you could make bread sticks and toast marshmallows.

There was a parade during the event, which was supported by Groundwork North East and Cumbria, and some fun stalls were also set up on the Northumberland County Council site.

The environmental organisation and volunteers worked over a number of months a couple of years ago to transform the former Pegswood Pit Heap into a community woodland area and further improvements have been made during the previous 12 months.