I live in East Shore village in Seaham. Seaham is an old mining town. My house was
built on what used to be Vane Tempest Colliery.
My great grandad worked down the mines. He was at Dawdon Colliery and worked as a
miner for 51 years. He also got a medal for it. There were only 5 people who ever
worked as long as my great grandad.
There aren't any mines in Seaham now. Me and my brother had not been born before
the mines were closed. Many people in Seaham worked down the mines but people
now work in loads of different places. My mam works in a call centre in Sunderland and
my dad works for a mini bus company in Stanley. Before my granddad retired he
worked in a factory. Now all the mines are closed but we still have our granddad to tell
us what happened.