It is ‘Open’, in Bishop Auckland’s Market Place, The Miner’s Art Gallery;
In the former, Old Bank Chambers, tastefully refurbished, as you will see.
A Plethora of Paintings, Sketches and much more;
Personal Memories of two Miners, who honed a skill to Paint and Draw.
Tom McGuiness and Norman Cornish recorded Experiences of their Lives;
Artistically compiled in their spare time, ensuring History survives.
Emotional times; Disasters; Hard Work for little pay;
Men hewing coal from eighteen inch seams, Day after Grimey Day.
Catching the ‘Coal Bus’ home to wash, from ‘Pits’ without modern Showers;
Retiring after 40 or so years, with a Gold Watch and a few flowers,
Go visit this shrine, filled with the stock from ‘The Gemini Collection’;
Gillian Wales and Robert McManners have left this to the Nation.
Feel the atmosphere, hear the sounds, as you gaze upon this Awesome Exhibition;
Whether Art Lover or Local Resident, you may reflect upon this forgotten Work Tradition!