Trail set to be a legacy to the town


An Ashington man’s vision to mark the town’s mining heritage with a walking trail will be his legacy.

George Nichol came up with the idea to mark what was once known as ‘the world’s largest pit village’ through a walking trail as a permanent tribute to all who were employed in the mining industry until the pit’s closure in 1986.

Sadly George died at the age of 65 after a short period of ill health before his vision came to fruition. But his family were determined to see the project through, and on Friday, November 7, they will declare the trail open.

The Ashington Heritage Trail committee, including George’s son Paul and daughter Joanne, will host an event at The Portland Hotel.

Guests will be bussed to the start of the trail, behind what is now the Aldi supermarket, to walk through the former colliery site where Wansbeck Business Park now stands.

“His death came as a huge shock to us all but we were determined to go ahead with the project, not only in his memory, but also for the history and heritage of the town,” said Paul.

Eleven panels, each linked to the heritage project website, tell the story of coal, the colliery and the contribution it made to the culture, heritage, wealth and prosperity of the town.

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