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Concord Miners' Statue & Blue Plaque


WASHINGTON MINERS' STATUE

( A Miner, his Wife and Son.  "Don't forget your bait, Dad." )

Statue

'STEPPING OUT INTO A BRIGHTER FUTURE'
Sculptor: Carl Payne
Photographer: Kieron Mathews, 10th May 2016.

Sited near Concord Bus Station, Washington.
Thanks to Washington Miners and Community Heritage Group.
Funded by Washington Area Committee

WASHINGTON MINERS' STATUE

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WASHINGTON MINERS' STATUE

Usworth & Glebe Banner Groups visit the Sculptor in Stoke

Visit to Statue 1

Mr Les Simpson, Chairman of Washington Miners and Community Heritage Group
( Thursday, 8th March 2012 )

Visit to Statue 3

Sculptor Carl Payne with The Washington Miner

Visit to Statue 2

The Washington Miner's Family - Almost Complete
( Thursday, 8th March 2012 )

[ Photographs taken by Members of Usworth & Glebe Banner Groups.  Thanks to Cllr John Kelly. ]

WASHINGTON MINERS' STATUE

The Unveiling Ceremony
Saturday, 31st March 2012

Unveiling Ceremony 1

Mr David Hopper (left), General Secretary of Durham Miners Association, does the Honours.

Unveiling Ceremony 2

Cllr Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland Council  -  Cllr John Kelly
Mr David Hopper, General Secretary of Durham Miners Association  -   Mrs Sharon Hodgson MP

Unveiling Ceremony 3

Applause from the Large Crowd along Victoria Road


Mr David Hopper
General Secretary DMA


Revd Paul Grundy
Rector of Usworth Holy Trinity Church

Prayers at the Unveiling Ceremony were led by Revd Grundy.

[ Photographs taken by Members of Usworth & Glebe Banner Groups.  Thanks to Cllr John Kelly. ]

WASHINGTON MINERS' STATUE

Blessing of the Miners' Statue
Sunday, 9th September 2012

Statue - Blessing - Bishop

Cllr Bob Heron, Mayor of Sunderland  -  Rt Revd Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow

Statue - Blessing - Banners

Washington Miners Statue with Usworth, Washington Glebe & Washington 'F' Pit Lodge Banners.
The young man in the picture is wearing the colours of Usworth Primary School.
The Bishop also blessed Banners created by local Primary Schools.

[ Wessington, Usworth Colliery, Albany, St. Bede's, Springwell, John F. Kennedy and Usworth Grange. ]

Rt Revd MARK BRYANT - BISHOP of JARROW
"It is essential that people continue to remember the sacrifices made by the region's Miners
and that younger generations are educated in the region's mining past."

[ Photographs taken by Members of Usworth & Glebe Banner Groups.  Thanks to Cllr John Kelly. ]

WASHINGTON MINERS' BLUE PLAQUE

Commemorating Mineworkers from Local Coal Mines
( Officially Unveiled on Friday, 24th July 2020 )

Washington Miners' Blue Plaque

Photographer: Tom Copeman, Member of Washington History Society.
[ Friday, 24th July 2020 ]

The Washington Miners' Memorial Stone and Blue Plaque can be seen close to the Washington Miners' Statue
on the grassed area between Victoria Road and Concord Bus Station.

Blue Plaque Memorial

Washington Miners' Memorial - Flowers laid by Councillor Jill Fletcher
[ Photographer: Tom Copeman ]

Dignitaries at Unveiling

Councillor Graeme Miller, Leader of Sunderland Council
Les Simpson, Chairman of Washington Miners and Community Heritage Group
Sharon Hodgson MP  -  Kevin Roddy, Washington Miners' Banner Group
Councillor Jill Fletcher  -  Wilf Brown, Bowes Railway Museum Volunteer and former Miner
Alan Mardghum, President / Secretary of the Durham Miners' Association, and former Wearmouth Lodge Secretary.

[ Photographer: Tom Copeman ]

The Miners' Memorial Stone & Plaque were unveiled by Sharon Hodgson, Graeme Miller and Alan Mardghum.

[ N.B.  The brief, informal Unveiling Ceremony took place during the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic, hence the absence of crowds and ceremony. ]