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  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday Closed
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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Opening times

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday Closed
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am - 4pm
  • Friday 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 10am-4pm
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Brass Bands

Brass bands have always been an integral part of the Miners’ Picnic. Bands marched in the iconic picnic parade with the colliery branches, banners and dignitaries.

They also participated in a highly contested band competition to try and win the coveted Burt Challenge Cup which was bestowed on the band who gave the best performance. Traditionally, the winner of the Challenge Cup was announced at the end of the formal proceedings, and the winning band led the other bands in a return march. Other trophies, awards and prizes were awarded for runners up and to individuals for solo performances. The days of competitive playing are now long gone, but the bands continue to perform at the picnic.

Two of the most successful and well-known bands were the Ashington Colliery band and the Ellington Colliery band, both of which are still thriving today.