Mining Songs, Poetry and Music
children of Parkside Infant School welcomed local singers and their
to the school during May 2004. These were the first sessions
the were introduced to mining songs and poetry which would be used to
guests at the Official Launch of the Seaham Mining Heritage project on
May 18th 2004.
shows the children
preparing their entertainment for the Launch event
Launch of the Project
Project was officially launched on Tuesday, 18th May 2004 at Parkside
Manager , Heritage Lottery Fund (North East)
President of Durham
Mayor of Seaham
Tom (Tom Race,
SDVT Chairman , Dr Eddie Mason, welcomed the guests,
thanked the children
for being present and explained why this project is so important to the
community of Seaham and the surrounding area.
was then officially
launched by two of the children accompanied by Miner Tom. Miner Tom
the children to ignite a miners lamp.
of the lamp represented the shedding of new light on the rich mining
of Seaham. Then, like an Olympic torch the lamp was passed from
to speaker as the special guests and Elizabeth Harwood the Head Teacher
spoke of their hopes and good wishes for the success of the project.
the guests by singing mining songs and reciting mining poetry that they
had learned in the short time since the project had been given
to start. The audience were well impressed.
number of other
photographs taken at the launch can be accessed below.