Sunniside History Society have been in touch with me to ask for my help in tracking down a missing Victorian miners' banner. Marley Hill is a small, former pit village just up the road from Sunniside where I live. As well as being the location of Dad's allotment (!), it was also the last, non coastal deep mine in the region, closing in 1984. It was also the last pit in the region to use pit ponies, and once the pit closed, the ponies went into retirement.
Members of the history society are concerned that the banner, which has enormous historical value to the former miners of the area and to the local community, has gone missing from the NUM Headquarters in Durham. Enquiries have so far failed to locate it.
If you know of its whereabouts or any information that could help us locate it, please get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org.