The Land of Oak & Iron


sat20may6:30 PMsat8:30 PMA MINING LIFEAn evening with Bill ElliottFeatured

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Join us for a fantastic and unique evening of stories, songs and memories with local musician Bill Elliott.

Bill Elliott is the Grandson of Jack Elliott and a member of the ‘Elliott’s of Birtley’ known locally, nationally and internationally, for their knowledge and performances of North East coal mining songs and folk songs from the British Isles and U.S.A.

Bill was raised in a coal mining family and community. Five generations of his family worked at Harraton Colliery near Washington until it closed in 1965. He was also a History Teacher for 36 years and then worked for 5 years in the Learning Team of Beamish Museum, delivering Coal Mining workshops for schools and community groups.

Bill has performed folk music individually, in duos and groups in various public forums, both locally and further afield for the past 60 years. He is currently a member of 2 groups ‘Northern Roots’ and ‘The Cloth Cap Temperance Band.

Bill has a wealth of stories to tell and tunes to play – all relating to the North East and coal mining of the area. Hear about life down the mines, along with domestic life and the lot of the miner’s wife and family. He will also have with him some artefacts and memorabilia.

It promises to be a great evening – tickets are limited, so book soon to avoid missing out.

Tickets £17.95 including glass of wine.



(Saturday) 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre

Spa Well Road, Winlaton Mill


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