Five hundred jobs could be created if plans go ahead to bring lead and zinc mining back to a village in the Pennines.
Commercial mining started in Nenthead near Alston more than 300 years ago, and after it reached a peak in the middle of the 19th century, before declining.
An Irish mining company thinks there might be previously undiscovered resources still there as John Bevir reports:
In the report John speaks to Dick Phillips fromAlston Moor Parish Council and local resident Alex Martin.
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