A DVD has been developed to mark the 150th Anniversary of Ashington as well as the 100th centenary for Hirst Park.

The DVD called ‘Dig Down Deep Memories to Keep’ has been produced by Ashington man Paul Carr.

It tells the story of how Ashington began and how it went on to be known as the Biggest Mining Village in the World when the Bothal Mine Shaft was sunk in 1867.

Paul meets Cyril Brown who was head park keeper at Hirst Park and lived in the house at the Park for many years.  Cyril talks about the park and his wider work in Wansbeck and we also meet Tony the new park keeper

The DVD includes a section on the renowned Pitman Painters as well as the newly formed group the Pitmatic Painters as well as covering Portland Park, the new football ground and a wedding held in the Asda store.  Paul chats with Raymond, aged 93, who talks about his Aunty the midwife and the bomb that exploded in Ashington!

The DVD finishes with a montage of old and new photos combined with aerial shots of Ashington and runs for approximately 60 minutes.

The DVD was recently launched at YMCA Northumberland, in Ashington, which was attended by Ian Lavery MP as well as several of the people who appear in the film. Ian highlighted the great history of the town and sporting legends Jack and Bobby Charlton.

The Dig Down Deep Memories to Keep is now available to buy from Al’s Store on Station Road priced at £7. Paul has also produced a calendar with images from the DVD.

For more information on the Dig Down Deep Memories to Keep please contact Paul Carr at: paul.carr28@talktalk.net