On Thursday 21st April Neptune Class visited Beamish Museum to take part in a Junior Miners Gala. We each made a flag showing our school badge and waved them during the parade from the town to the pit village.
We dressed as soldiers and took part in drill and marching exercises. In the nurses station we learned how to dress a head wound and also how to apply a sling for an arm injury.
We met a pit pony called Marley who pulled tubs full of coal down the mine and talked to miners about their jobs. In the chapel 2 miners played their banjos and taught us songs from the mines and also from World War 1. A miner also told us about the ‘Geordie’ words that were used down the local pits such as ‘bait’ for packed lunch and ‘hoggers’ for the short trousers that the miners wore.
We had a fantastic, busy day and returned to school happy but very tired.