Celebrating the Land of Oak & Iron

Last month, just before our normal daily routines dramatically changed course, Land of Oak & Iron held a celebration event in Blaydon Rugby Club.

It was lovely to see so many familiar faces of friends. colleagues, volunteers and families at the event, which was organised as an informal thank you for the support given to the project since it all started back in 2016.

The evening celebrated the Land of Oak & Iron’s journey and all the achievements – breathing new life into the history and heritage of the region for future generations to enjoy.

Thanks go to all those who joined us that evening, with particular gratitude to musicians Bill Elliott of the Elliott’s of Birtley and Kiddar’s Luck who entertained with stories and folk songs about coalmining, the local area and a little further afield with a rendition of Leaving of Liverpool, which many in the audience sang along to!

We were also privileged to watch traditional Rapper Sword Dancing performed by the High Spen Blue Diamonds, led by Ricky Forster, grandson of Fred Forster who formed the original team back in 1926.

Following the entertainment, Land of Oak & Iron Chair David Marrs and Partnership Manager Karen Daglish, said a few words and presented framed certificates to various individuals and groups in recognition of their hard work, commitment to the project and friendship.

Throughout the evening, photographs taken over the 4 years of the project were playing on the large screen and a fun quiz was shared to see how much everyone knew about the Land of Oak & Iron and local area.

Take a look at some of the photographs from the evening and of the wider project on our other Gallery pages.

Thanks to Kelvin Shell for the photographs taken at the Celebration Event.