We want to say "Thank You"
We are grateful for all the support
and encouragement we have received from so many individuals and organisations.
We want to thank everyone for their encouragement, help and donations.
There have been some very special contributions. Many people have given
what they can afford some have given more than they can afford. It
would be impossible to record here every contribution in money and in kind
which has been made.
We have therefore
decided to record here the names of those who have contributed £10
or more to the Banner Fund. Their details are listed below but there aremany
more who specifically asked not to be listed.
Levinia (79) is a Seaham pensioner and was the first to make
her contribution to the Banner Fund. Her £30 contribution is
a lot of money for a pensioner but she was determined to support the miners
as she always has. She said "The banners have lasted well but if they are
shabby they need to be replaced - they can't last forever.
Levinia was brought up by her grandparents from being a baby and
was always surrounded by miners and mining people. Her grandfather
was Jimmy Hoy who was Secretary of Seaham Colliery NUM Lodge for 40 years
before he died in 1936.
Levinia recalls being serenaded by Seaham Colliery Band outside
of the shop where she worked as they returned from Durham Big Meeting.
John is the
Chairman of Durham County Council and is a good friend of Seaham Harbour.
He too was amongst the first contributors and his contribution of £50
from his own resources and his unstinting support for our £25,000
project deserves recognition.
John says, " The industrial history of County Durham must be maintained
through the medium of the miners lodge banners which were the benchmark
of the communities of our county."