Sunderland City Council’s West Area Committee has agreed to fund the refurbishment and placing of a pit wheel at the F Pit museum to replace the current wheel, in Albany in Washington West, once it returns home to its rightful place in Silksworth.
As the Sunderland Echo reported “An engraving on the hub of the wheel states that it was used at Silksworth Colliery between 1868 and 1971, which is confirmed by the pit wheel’s serial number.”
The report went on to say “Like Silksworth, Albany has a rich mining heritage and a replacement wheel will be put on the same spot, donated from the nearby ‘F’ Pit Museum.”
Cllr Phil Tye of Silksworth ward said: “This is fantastic news. It was vitally important that the Silksworth community got back this piece of our heritage.
He went on to say “We need to remember all the people who worked in the pit, especially the ones who died there. Further down the line we’re going to take the story of the colliery into schools.”
Labour Party candidate for Washington West, Jimmy Warne said “I am delighted that the West Area Committee, which covers Silksworth, has provided funds to clean up and refurbish the wheel currently in the F Pit museum so that residents of Albany don’t lose their landmark when the Silksworth wheel returns home.”
I look forward to working with the Silksworth Councillors in the future.