Exhibit for 50th year

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AN architectural exhibition is being held in Killingworth this month to celebrate half a century of new town heritage.

The Modern Architecture in Killingworth (MAK) exhibition will be held at the White Swan Centre from tomorrow (Friday) until Saturday, June 30.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the developers on the former West Moor colliery site beginning the creation of Killingworth Township.

Organised by the MAK group, the exhibition will consist of a number of information boards, photographs and models including the Development Group’s original 1960s model of Killingworth Towers.

John Topping said: “Killingworth has a rich industrial heritage, and this exhibition marks the beginning of celebrations planned to be held over the next two years to mark the bicentenary of George Stephenson building his first locomotive in the town in 1814.

“When the new town was created in the following century a second wave of technological excellence prevailed with a series of iconic buildings for the gas industry. Linking Stephenson to the new town heritage is the sculpture of Stephenson’s Killingworth Engine by the artist Charles Sansbury that was once suspended over the road on the side of the old Killingworth Centre.

“This significant artwork was saved by Killingworth residents when the old centre was demolished and there are now plans to investigate the possibility of reinstating it to the town centre.”

Email modern.architecture.killingworth@hotmail.co.uk for more information.