Miners' home tribute
Published by Neil Shaefer for Durham Aged Mineworkers' Homes Association in Housing and also in Communities
Councillors Pay Hay, Neil Maxwell and Rob Dix with Durham Aged Mineworkers Homes Association, Gordon Parkin and Chief Executive, Paul Mullis.
A stone commemorating the 100th anniversary of miners' homes in South Shields was unveiled during a special ceremony recently.
The engraved memorial stone was unveiled during a celebratory event marking the centenary year of the foundation stone being laid for the DAMHA bungalows in Marsden Road.
The event was attended by representatives from DAMHA, local residents as well as Harton ward members, Councillors Neil Maxwell, Pat Hay and Rob Dix, who, through the East Shields and Whitburn Community Area Forum, helped to secure £785 towards the costs of the stone.
Paul Mullis, Chief Executive of DAMHA, said: “DAMHA has been contributing to the welfare of older people in the Durham coalfield area since the 19th century.
“It is particularly pleasing, then, to receive this acknowledgement of the hard work and generosity of our forebears, who had the foresight to bring into being these lovely homes at Marsden Road, and we are extremely grateful to South Tyneside Council for their recognition of the association in this way.”
Councillor Maxwell, Chairman of the Forum, said: “We have such a rich and proud mining heritage here in South Tyneside that we felt it was important to get involved in marking such a special year for the DAMHA homes in our local area by making a contribution towards the memorial stone.
“Many of today’s families have links to mining and local collieries and this stone serves to remind our younger generations of the enormous contribution miners made to their local communities.
“It also recognises the fantastic work of DAMHA over the years in supporting former pitmen and their families to live in quality housing in communities where they grew up.”
During the 1910s, the Association built homes in almost every Lodge area in the Durham county, including the 67 bungalows in Marsden Road in 1914. Bulmer House, which contains a further 26 sheltered flats on the Marsden Road site, opened in 1991.