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Banners set to fly.

A FAMOUS trades union banner will be on display at the National Mining Museum next month.

Visitors to the museum, at Overton, near Flockton, will have a chance to see the Follonsby (Wardley) Lodge banner of the Durham Miners' Association on Wednesday March 6. The banner is being brought to the museum by the children of Lingey House Primary School, Felling upon Tyne, who will also show off their own school banner.

The Follonsby banner was an important symbol for the miners and their families around Wardley, Tyne and Wear.

It shows the faces of Lenin, James Connolly, hero of Ireland's Easter Uprising; Labour Party pioneer Keir Hardie; A J Cook, general-secretary of the Miners' Federation; and local pitman Bolshevik George Harvey. The reverse of the banner shows an idealised view of "A World for the Workers".

The original historic banner was destroyed in a fire during the 1930s, and this banner has been remade to allow local families to march proudly behind it once again at the Durham Miners' Gala.

A free talk on the history of the banner and its symbolism will be given at 3pm on Wednesday March 6 by Dave Douglass, a miner from Wardley, who worked for many years at Hatfield Main Colliery, South Yorkshire.

Before the talk, at around 2.15pm, the children and teachers from Lingey House School will outline the story of their banner and perform a selection of mining songs for an audience from Horbury Primary School.

Both banners will be on show at the Museum from noon to 4.45pm.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 1, 2013
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