Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

History on Youngsters' Doorstep

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

History on Youngsters' Doorstep

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CHILDREN were given a history lesson close to home when they embarked on a guided walking tour yesterd ay.

For the youngsters from Burnside Primary School in Stanley, County Durham, learned all about the West Stanley pit disaster where 168 men and boys lost their lives.

In the company of Simon Wooley, head of education at the nearby Beamish Open Air Museum, the children stopped off at the site of the former colliery, saw terraced streets where the pitmen and their families lived, and took in the memorial at St Andrew's Churchyard. The short tour ended at the Burns Pit Memorial in the town where the youngsters met Flash, the Beamish Museum pit pony, along with his handler Jonathan Kindleysides.

Poignantly, Jonathan's great grandfather, Frank Manistre, was one of the survivors of the disaster.

The children from Burnside, along with nine other schools in Derwentside, have been involved in a project commemorating the centenary of the disaster, which took place on February 16, 1909. …

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