Mining trail is now open to the public

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A special mining heritage trail designed as a legacy to a south east Northumberland town, has been officially opened.

The story of Ashington Colliery will be told through a new heritage trail thanks to a £24,500 grant.

The trail, which has been made possible thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund award, depicts the structures and activities of the mine in its actual location.

The project was the ambition of George Nichol, who was born and raised in Ashington and spent years working at Ashington Colliery.

George wanted to create something which celebrated the town’s proud history and heritage in the place where it all originated.

Sadly George died in July, having formed an Ashington Colliery Heritage Group and drawn up plans for the heritage trail and website.

His son Paul took the lead on the construction of the trail, which has now opened.

Paul said: “My dad was very proud of his Ashington roots and extremely passionate about the heritage trail.

“He wanted the local schools to be a part of a project by developing a website and including the mining history of the town in their syllabus.

“We are determined to bring this trail and activities to fruition as both a tribute to my dad and the many thousands of men, women and boys who worked at the colliery over its lifetime.”