“There’s very little community in Easington now. The pit was the lifeblood of the place, socially and economically, and things went downhill as soon as it closed. People moved out and houses and shops got boarded up. The benefit culture took hold. Eventually, there were drugs raids and stabbings in our street, so we moved away 11 years ago.”
Keith Pattinson spent six months at the height of the miners’ strike documenting the Durham village of Easington. This amazing and evocative collection, by Keith Pattison and David Peace, is called No Redemption. Slideshow here and Observer article here.