A wide range of events and activities took place in 2017 to mark the 150th Anniversary of Ashington.
The sinking of the Bothal Mine Shaft in 1867 which led to the rapid expansion and development of Ashington and to mark the anniversary a wide range of events and activities that have taken place led by Ashington Town Council and partners.
There have been community clean ups, tree planting schemes, musical performances, the Ashington Show, monthly markets as well as the placing of a Mining Wheel as an entrance feature to the town.
150 trees and spring bulbs were planted in Ashington Community Woodland by the town’s Brownie and Guide groups supported by the Friends of Ashington Community Woods group. The Woodland is a fantastic green space to the north of the town and covers part of the former Ashington Colliery site. A mix of native oak, sycamore and ash trees have been planted to complement the existing woodland.
Ashington Town Team, supported by MyNE63, organised monthly Saturday Markets on Station Road during 2017 which proved to be popular by residents and visitors alike.
At a special Northumberland Miners’ Picnic, held at Woodhorn Museum in June, North East musical legends Lindisfarne provided an excellent performance. Despite the poor weather the band performed all of their hits including the classics Run for Home and Meet Me On The corner to delight the audience.
Another musical highlight was a special Anniversary Concert by Ashington Colliery Band which took place in October. The concert took place at Northumberland YMCA and the band were supported on the evening by well-known North East soprano Susan Robertson. Susan joined the band for the Requiem from ‘Fell em Doon’ which was warmly received by the audience.
The Ashington Show took place in August, organised by Ashington Women’s Institute and proved to be very popular. Heart of the Hirst Tenant & Residents Group have also organised special community litter picks in east Ashington as part of their work to improve the quality of life for residents in the Hirst.
The Town Council would like to thank everyone who contributed to making the 150TH Anniversary of the town a success.