The stories of the old quarrymen of the North Pennines and the hard lives they led have been captured in a DVD and walking trail unveiled today by the North Pennines AONB Partnership.
The launch marks the completion of an 18-month project by the AONB Partnership to record the stories and memories of the old quarrymen of the North Pennines and the development of a new trail which explores the history of a typical limestone quarry in Weardale. The new work was made possible by grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Aggregates Sustainability Levy Fund and the County Durham Environment Trust.
Along with the quarrymen’s tales, the DVD also includes some rare and fascinating film footage of working quarries in the 1950s and evocative black and white photographs dating back over a century. These sit alongside more modern images to contrast the changes from the days when most of the rock was won through the sheer physical toil and skill of the old quarry workers.
Where to buy the DVD
The DVD, priced £9.99 can be bought from some local Tourist Information Centres, visitor centres and shops, or can be ordered by writing to North Pennines AONB Partnership, Weardale Business Centre, The Old Co-op Building, 1 Martin Street, Stanhope, Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL13 2UY. Please enclose a cheque for the full amount (includes postage and packing) made out to ‘Durham County Council’. Don’t forget to include your address, phone number and email address so that we can contact you about your order if we need to (your details will not be used for any other reason).
You can also pay by credit/debit card over the phone by calling the AONB Partnership (Mon-Fri) on 01388 528801 and asking for Aimee Lee.
1 copy: £11.49; Friends of the North Pennines members’ 50% discount: £6.50
2 copies: £22.73; Friends of the North Pennines members’ 50% discount: £12.75
3 copies: £32.72; Friends of the North Pennines members’ 50 % discount: £17.75
For further information please contact the North Pennines AONB Partnership office on 01388 528801, or email email@example.com