Both young and old learn from project

What a pleasure it has been working with the students from Seaton Burn College and many of the older generation from the village on a project called Seaton Burn Memories.

Thank you to everyone who has given their time to tell the students what life was like growing up and living in a mining village.

There have been stories and information and some have given photographs and even precious items from their own personal collections.

A website is being developed with the help of Heritage Lottery funding to keep these memories alive, and it is hoped that a book about the village will be produced soon.

Last week a Heritage Trail around the village was opened, starting at the college, with colourful display boards along the way, all created by the students with the help of ideas and quotes from the ‘locals’.

Of particular delight and interest is an excellent cine film taken by a local man in 1971 before some of the original buildings were demolished and Chapel Place and Chapelville were built.

It is a snapshot in time about village life showing the pastimes of the miners who led hard and dirty lives working underground, so liked to be out in the fresh air in allotments, growing and showing leeks and flowers, and breeding and racing pigeons and whippets.

Almost every person in the village at that time and some from Wideopen are in the film, so what a wonderful way to bring back memories and show young people what their grandparents did when they were not at work.

Village life in Seaton Burn is very different today, but where young and old have met and taken part in this intergenerational project they have learnt a great deal about each other.

Coun Muriel Green

Weetslade Ward