11 nostalgic reminders of the collieries of the North East- what are your memories?

It was the industry which characterised the North East for decades.

The pits may be long gone but the memories live on for many North East families.

Did you work in one of these pits? What about your family members?

Have a look at these photos from the archives of the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail.

And after you have done that, why not get in touch and share your memories of your time at the pits.