Those of you with eagle eyes or who have visited the trail may have noticed the name of George Nichol on the entrance sign. A brief outline of the man and his role in the heritage trail is included below.
George was an Ashington lad, the son of a colliery surface worker and our Dad. Born in Seventh Avenue in 1947 he was schooled in Ashington, began his working life in Ashington and married an Ashington lass. He was employed by the coal board in its various forms for over 30 years, beginning in the 1960s as a clerk in the Wages Office at Ashington Colliery to eventually become a Senior Auditor.
Friday 7 November 2014 saw a proud day in the history of Ashington and its heritage when a walking trail was officially opened to mark the site of the former colliery.
The opening event began with welcome drinks at The Portland Hotel in Ashington. Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery made a welcome speech which recognised the originator of the trail George Nichol and the contribution made by the Heritage Trail committee in bringing the project to fruition.
Guests were then transported to the trail entrance where Sir John Hall revealed the Ashington Colliery Heritage Trail sign and logo and cut the ribbon to open the footpath. An opportunity to walk the trail and read the information panels followed.
Guests then returned to The Portland Hotel for a buffet lunch and were entertained by Susan Robertson who performed The Colliers Requiem taken from the musical Fell Em Doon written by local author Mike Kirkup.
Amongst those in attendance were representatives from Northumberland County Council, Ashington Town Council, Ashington High School, including Oliver Thompson who designed the trail logo, Friends of Ashington Woods, contractors used in relation to work on the trail and a number of selected guests.
The panels of our Heritage Trail tell a summarised, visual tale of the colliery but over time we hope that the website will become host to an even greater depth of content.
Please use the three menu options at the top of the website to look around.
If you have any memories or stories of the colliery that you’d like to have included on the website, we’d love to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the Memories & Stories link, also at the top of the website.