WELCOME TO BANNER TALES
Uncovering and celebrating the social and mining heritage of the villages of West Gateshead
Remembering our heritage
EVERY BANNER TELLS A STORY
Beautifully crafted and carried with pride the pit banners were a visual representation of the hopes and aspirations of the mining communities.
Sadly, since the decline of the mining industry, many of these banners have been lost or neglected.
Banner Tales was founded to undo this neglect and bring back the banners and the community spirit they once represented.
Banner Tales ...replaced Greenside's old fragile banner and restarted the tradition of taking the banner to the Durham Miners' Gala
Updated May 2021:
It is still uncertain whether it will be possible to hold open community events in the summer of 2021
If they are allowed then the Banner Tales organising group will be doing its best to make sure that the Greenside Banner Festival will go ahead in some shape or form.
If large scale events are still not possible because of Covid restrictions then a number of small individual community involvement events are being planned. We hope we will be able to parade the Banner through Greenside on Saturday 10th July accompanied by a brass band. This would have been the day of the Durham Miners' Gala.
There will be a "decorated pit tub" event. See details on the Pit Tub Competition page..
It has also been suggested that a poetry and/or art competition might be organised.
If the Banner Parade through the village isn't possible then a "show a banner in your window" display has been suggested as a way of remembering the village's heritage and showing support for Banner Tales. Again details will be announced soon.