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A Canadian company could bring mining back to the North Pennines. In the 19th Century thousands of people were employed in lead mining. But now zinc mines could create 500 new jobs.
Half a million pounds is being invested in test boreholes.
Derek Proud reports.
An area once mined for lead could be mined again for zinc, creating 500 jobs.
Test drilling has been promising in the North Pennines, around Allenheads, according to the Canadian company hoping to do the work.
It predicts up to a million tonnes of ore could be extracted from the area on the border of Northumberland, Cumbria and Durham.