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To celebrate our Virtual Miners' Picnic we asked the Museums Northumberland team, our stakeholders and performers to share their favourite memories of picnics past.

We would love you all to share your memories with us too and we will upload them all to the gallery below as a reminder of why we all enjoy the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic so much.

You can send us your images by email, facebook or twitter.

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Your Picnic Memories

Rowan

It's tricky to pick just one Picnic memory, we've had so many incredible performances, creative opportunities, shopping and eating experiences and, rain or shine, some tremendous family fun. My nieces' conversion to tigers and fairies, their first pony ride, and their exemplary front-of -stage dancing will be fondly remembered by the whole family, until we can resume making Picnic memories next year.

Liz

One of my favourite Picnic moments each year is the calm before the storm, sitting up on an empty stage with PK surveying an empty Woodhorn on the night before the event. A moments pause between all the planning that goes into the event and actually opening the gates to the public the next morning. (Whilst constantly refreshing the weather app on our phones!)

Wendy

Miners Picnic Attlee Park probably 1965/66 was a big family event for us. I’m the one in the centre with dark hair would be about 6/7 years old. Three generations of our family in the pic we all lived at Cowpen.
Always remember getting a helium balloon a rare treat for us, watching the bands walk by then picnic in Attlee park. Saw Harold Wilson there one year. Very happy memories.

Catherine

This photo was probably taken in 1960, it was taken as my uncle Caleb Carr was the string man front near side. He was always proud to be a banner man. In 1986 there was an exhibition of the banners at Woodhorn church, and it was lovely to see Caleb at the front of the exhibition.

Terri

I have so many memories of the Miners Picnic as a member of staff and a visitor! It is difficult to just pick one. I think I have to say that the atmosphere is always buzzing on Picnic day no matter the weather. Everyone (public and staff) always has a smile on their face and it's just great fun!

Paul

My memories of the Miners Picnic comes from the one time I was able to go as I am usually working. I attended with my girlfriend and it was a fantastic day. Great atmosphere, great music and even great food. Looking forward to being able to come again!

Jimmy

This photo is of my Dad who played in the pit Brass Band, my Grandfather also worked down the pit.

Paramjit

My favourite bit of picnic every year is Mark and I putting up the first length of bunting.

Liz

Volunteering at the Miners' Picnic and meeting MP Ian Lavery in 2016.

Charlie

I attended my first ever miners picnic last year. I had begun working at Museums Northumberland in late 2018, I am from Teesside so industrial heritage is close to my heart, and as a result of this I was excited to attend my first picnic. Although it was rainy, there was still smiles on everyone’s faces. Myself, my three month old little girl and my parents enjoyed the experience very much, not just seeing my wonderful colleagues but also enjoying the music and delicious food.

Picture of group of people on the bandstand at Woodhorn Musuem

Kayleigh

This is from the 2016 Miner's Picnic where Ashington Colliery Band, Bedlington Brass Band, Ellington Colliery Band and Jayess Newbiggin Brass Band premiered Reflection Connection by Lucy Pankhurst. An amazing experience to be a part of!

Gayle

I don't have a favourite memory, but quietly sloping off late afternoon to have a boogie with my colleagues, before the mammoth tidy up begins, is always a winner. Love welcoming and chatting to visitors as they arrive and leave - always heart warming to hear why they've come to spend the day with us! Oh and having elevenses, lunch and afternoon tea just to sample all the food concessions.

Jenny

This photo was taken when Lindisfarne headlined the picnic in 2017. I love their songs and was looking forward to seeing them, but on the day the sky was as cloudy as the fog on the Tyne, and the heavens opened. The rain soaked the deckchairs, dampened the mood, and caused a lot of people to stay at home. However for the ones who came the band put up a great performance, and people stood or danced in their waterproofs for the whole set! Some even brought tents to enjoy it in the dry. Its proof that you should never be put off by a bit of rain, go enjoy yourself anyway!

Carole

I have been lucky enough to be at two picnics so far. The first was on a baking hot day and we had such fun in the family activity tent with children and families making our giant vegetables - perhaps the weather helped our carrots, leeks and strawberries et cetera to grow?!
Many Best in Show badges proudly displayed...
And last year it poured with rain all day - and we had such fun!! Our Oompha Band instruments and laughter drowned out the sound of the rain on the tent roof...