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Town's mining heritage remembered

The new miners statue in Washington, Tyne & Wear Photo: ITV News

A special ceremony has taken place to recognise Washington's rich mining past and inspire future generations to remember it.

The Rt. Rev. Mark Bryant, the Bishop of Jarrow, carried out blessings on banners that were created by children from every primary school in the town. He also carried out a blessing on a new miners statue, which forms a centrepiece in the town.

The Bishop of Jarrow blesses one of the specially designed banners Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The new statue will remind people of Washington's rich mining past. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Bishop said it was essential that people continue to remember the sacrifices made by the region's miners and that younger generations are educated in the region's mining past.

It's really important that in communities like Washington the pits were so important that there is something to remind future generations of what was going on.

– Rt. Rev. Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow

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