Ferryhill in County Durham, England, was once a thriving mining community until the last mine closed for good in 1968.
The two main collieries, Mainsforth and Dean and Chapter Colliery, employed so many people that by 1911 Ferryhill’s population had grown from ca. 1,000 in 1901 to 10,133 in 1911. Some 30 years later Ferryhill’s collieries employed more than 5,000 men.
Finding employment when such large scale redundancies are happening in a small community can be nigh on impossible. People are either forced to move away or scrape a living from whatever they can get. Many out-of-work men will have headed to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Durham City or in Darlington in the south to find employment.
Ferryhill’s history society is keen to preserve as much local knowledge as possible and is currently in the process of creating a heritage centre together with the town council. Perhaps surprising, many miners had rather artistic leanings and produced beautiful water colour landscapes or drawings and in some northern mining communities such pictures as have survived the intervening years are now proudly being displayed in heritage centres just like the one planned for Ferryhill.
Other leisure time pursuits would have been cricket and cycling, when bicycles became more widely available and therefore cheap modes of transport. Ferryhill has its own Wheelers Cycling Club, which was founded in 1926. It would have once had many members from the mines.
More recently, the club’s membership includes enthusiastic cyclists from ages 10 to 90 and they no longer wobble about the countryside on enormous black monstrosities that had all but one gear. Today’s Ferryhill Wheeler is eager to embrace all forms of cycling, such as track and road racing and there’s even a proud racing team among the members, who participate in cycling events every year.
When renting a bus to go on club outings, people expect the bus or coach operator to provide a vehicle and driver that are roadworthy and competent in equal measure. Sadly, every so often the media report that such outings have ended in tragedy. A coach ploughs into the cars in front or comes off the road and skids off the embankment into a ditch. Sometimes the accident happened because of a burst tire or because another road user was at fault.
If an accident investigator finds the bus or coach driver was at fault, then you are entitled to make a claim for compensation, as the bus operator is under an obligation to provide you with safe transport. Speak to an accident solicitor in Ferryhill, if you were involved in an accident and were injured because of somebody else’s negligence. Provided your accident occurred within the last 3 years, you can claim compensation.
Where do you find an accident solicitor in Ferryhill?
Just call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993. Lines are available around the clock, every day of the week. An advisor will tell you if you qualify for making a personal injury claim and how much compensation you can expect to receive when an accident solicitor in Ferryhill wins your claim.