DCSIMG

Miners’ groups dig deep for Mayor’s fund

CHEQUE IT OUT ... from, left, Alan Cummings, chairman of Durham Miners Association, Ronnie Slater, president of Harton and Westoe Miners Welfare Association, and Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson.

CHEQUE IT OUT ... from, left, Alan Cummings, chairman of Durham Miners Association, Ronnie Slater, president of Harton and Westoe Miners Welfare Association, and Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson.

TWO miners’ associations have donated a cheque towards the fundraising efforts of the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside.

The Mayor’s Charity received £700 from Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare Association and Durham Miners’ Association.

The cheque was recently presented to the Mayor, Coun Ernest Gibson, in the Mayor’s Parlour at South Shields Town Hall.

The Mayor started his working life as a miner working at Westoe Colliery and the Mayor’s Charity this year is supporting Cancer Connections, St Clare’s Hospice, Great North Air Ambulance and Cystic Fibrosis Fund.

Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare held a special pie and pea supper evening which included a raffle, tombola and bingo.

All the prizes and refreshments were donated by local businesses.

John Watson, vice chairman and trustee of Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare, said: “We are happy to support the Mayor and Mayoress with their fundraising efforts.

“Coun Gibson is a member of the welfare, and has been an instrumental figure in helping us with our own fundraisers. Our members were pleased to return the favour.”

David Hopper, general secretary of Durham Miners’ Association, said: “The association and its members are very pleased to support the Mayor’s Charity, especially with Coun Gibson being a former miner in the region.

“He has also been a tremendous help in our endeavours, and we are delighted to reciprocate the gesture by helping to contribute towards the fundraising activities during the Mayor and Mayoress’s year in office.”

Coun Gibson, said: “I’m really honoured that representatives from the local mining community have come together to help with The Mayor’s Charity. The mining community is really close in the borough, as we always try to stick together.

“The Mayoress and I would like to thank the Durham Miners’ Association and Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare for all their kind efforts over the past few months. Their donations are greatly received, and will be put to good use helping people in the region.”

For further information about The Mayor’s Charity, go to www.southtyneside.info/mayorscharity

Twitter @shieldsgazette

 
 
 

Back to the top of the page