The Rt Hon Ian Lavery MP, former Burradon School Heads Alistair Gilfillan and Fred Lyall, unveiled the restored Burradon Colliery Banner(“The Banner”) on 9th September 2016 which represented the culmination of a project that was nearly 20 years in development.
The Burradon & Camperdown Forum(“The Forum”) had successfully completed a range of projects to preserve valuable historical artefacts relating to the village’s industrial, military and social history and was an important element of a campaign to revive community spirit.
It was hoped that the restoration of the Burradon Colliery Banner would draw all elements of the village together and create a renewed community spirit which would be utilised to develop future projects to protect the village’s progress of the preceding 20 years.
The Forum submitted a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fundand received a grant of £62,000 to repair and preserve the banner and complete a project that would document Burradon’s proud mining heritage and history. Dr Kath Smith, Remembering the Past and Resourcing the Future, was an invaluable contributor to both the Forum’s application for the grant and the remarkable success of the entire restoration project.
A team of the finest restorers(Jim Devenport, Caroline Rendell and Gallagher and Turner) was assembled and embarked on a task which many believed almost impossible, to restore the frayed and damaged banner. Fortunately, the team was equal to the task and its final restoration is a testimony to both the team’s intricate skills, dedication and commitment to realising the communities dream.
The Forum is indebted to the present and former residents of the village for their generosity of spirit who attended the Home Events at Kirkdale Court and donated a wealth of valuable memorabilia and stories of the old village and the many wonderful characters that once lived in a wonderful mining community.
We are convinced that the project would not have succeeded without the support and effort of Miss Hunter, the teaching staff and children of Burradon Community Primary School. The children’s visit to Woodhorn Colliery and the Durham Gala will live on in the memory of the community and hopefully the children will recall these memorable events to future generations which will be an appropriate and fitting legacy to the project.