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DIARY DATES – NOT TO BE MISSED
THURSDAY 26 JANUARY 2012
THE NEW HARTLEY COLLIERY DISASTER
To commemorate the anniversary of the 1862 disaster a programme of events are planned in the area. Norman Jackson’s talk at the Institute on Thursday 26th January will be supplemented by poems and music, the programme for the evening is:
5:30pm Tea and Coffee in the Library.
6:00pm Lecture by Norman Jackson.
Adjourn to the Library. Buffet and drinks.
7:00pm Launch of a new book about the Hartley Calamity, edited by Keith Armstrong and published by Northern Voices Community Projects with the support of North Tyneside Council.
Keith Armstrong, Catherine Graham and others will read poems and stories from the new book including Joseph Skipsey's Hartley ballad, with singer/songwriter Gary Miller performing Keith’s Hartley lyric and other mining songs and piper Chris Ormston performing his Lament for Hartley and other appropriate tunes.
Copies of the book will be available for sale during the event.
COMMEMORATIONS IN MEMORY OF THE MINERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE NEW HARTLEY PIT DISASTER INCLUDE:
14 January 2012: New Hartley Memorial Hall,
Beeswing in concert. Also featuring Keith Armstrong.
15 January 2012: 11am, Memorial Service at St. Alban's Church.
15 January 2012: 4pm, Memorial Service at New Hartley Memorial Hall accompanied by Ellington Brass Band. The new Memorial Banner will be unveiled.
15 January 2012: 7.30 – 9.30pm Whitley Bay Playhouse, a concert by the Grimethorpe Brass Band.
16 January 2012: 11am, A short memorial service will be held at the New Hartley pit head in the memorial garden.
JOSEPH SKIPSEY – A COMMEMORATION
Saturday 17th March from 7 – 9pm in the Library.
2012 provides several anniversaries of mining disasters so, to re-balance this a little, we’ll be holding an event celebrating the 180th anniversary of the birth of Joseph Skipsey, the Tyneside Pitman Poet.
The event includes Keith Armstrong, Gary Miller(Whisky Priests) and pipe player Chris Ormston, with readings from Skipsey’s poetry and an account of his life.
During the evening, the annual Northern Voices Joseph Skipsey Award will be presented to a deserving local writer.