The Northumberland Miners’ Picnic 2019 took place on Saturday (8 June).
Despite the weather a jam-packed day of family entertainment took place at Woodhorn Museum in Ashington. The traditional event has been running for more than 150 years and fittingly takes place at the Museum which is home to the Pitmen Painters.
The programme this year included Brass Marras, The Northumbrian Ranters, pit-pop folk-rockers Dennis, Ladies of Midnight Blue and special headline act Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze.
As well as the entertainment there was a range of activities during the day including an art & crafts tent, circus skills and face painting as well as a range of tasty treats and drinks.
The Picnic commenced with the poignant Miners' Memorial Service, at 10.30am, led by the Rev. Michael Hedley, and featured an address from Wansbeck Mr Ian Lavery MP. Music was provided by the united brass bands including the Miners Hymn ‘Gresford’. Wreaths were then laid remembering all miners who worked in the Northumberland Coalfield.
This event was supported by Ashington Town Council, Arts Council England and Northumberland County Council.
In the photograph is the group Dennis.