CELEBRATIONS to mark the 100th anniversary of mineworkers’ homes in South Tyneside have been give a cash boost.
The Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association (DAMHA) will, this summer, commemorate the centenary of their bungalows being built in Marsden Road, South Shields.
The celebrations include a special ceremony on July 11, when the association will unveil an engraved memorial stone, and the East Shields and Whitburn Community Area Forum has contributed £785 towards its creation.
Coun Neil Maxwell, the forum chairman, said: “We have a rich mining heritage here in South Tyneside, and I’ve no doubt that many of today’s families, who have roots in the borough, will have links to mining and local collieries.
“The association has done a great deal for former pitmen and their families over the years, helping them to find homes in or near to the communities where they grew up and then went on to serve in the pits. “
DAMHA was founded in 1898 to help find homes for former miners who lost their tied colliery homes when they retired, and for widows of deceased miners, who had to vacate their homes to accommodate serving miners.
During the 1910s, the association built homes in almost every lodge area in County Durham, 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.
Paul Mullis, DAMHA chief executive, said: “We would like to thank South Tyneside Council for their contribution to the memorial stone, which will mark such a very special anniversary.”