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Caption for Bedlington, The Market Place C1955: The obelisk is in fact an 18th-century market cross. The town grew during the 1840s with the sinking of the first coal mine in the locality. Like Durham, Bedlington became known for its annual Miners' Gala, when there were brass bands, Lodge banners, speeches, and plenty to drink.

An extract from Northumberland Tyne and Wear Photographic Memories.

Memories of Bedlington

Lived in Netherton Colliery from 1937 - 1952. Attended Morpeth High School for Girls 1940 - 1947. I remember some names, if anyone remembers me I can be contacted on e mail at - Look forward to hearing!!

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