Thursday, April 16, 2009

Marley Hill’s missing miners’ banner – can you help?

Former pitmen at Marley Hill Colliery have one of the few remaining Victorian miners’ banners still in existence. But there are now great concerns about this important piece of local history as the banner has now gone missing.

The banner was kept at the National Union of Mineworkers’ HQ in Redhills, Durham, but officials there now state it has vanished.

Victorian miners banners can fetch significant four figure sums but the value of it to the people who once worked at Marley Hill and to the community generally is far, far higher.

Sunniside History Society are determined to track down the banner and return it to its rightful owners, the local community. If you have any information that can help us to track it down, please get in touch with Councillor Jonathan Wallace on

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