Traditionally, colliery branch banners were marched on picnic day in a parade. It took six men to march a banner; two pole bearers and four rope bearers. Banners were manufactured at great cost using expensive materials and craftsmanship. Many of the banners that survive have been recycled and repainted over the years due to the high costs of commissioning a new banner.
Woodhorn Museum cares for many of the remaining Northumberland colliery banners which are displayed on rotation in the Cutter Building.