A former miner living in a new DAMHA affordable housing development met the man who helped rescue him following a mine collapse.
George Todd was amazed when Stephen Guy knocked on his door at David Guy Court, Delves Lane, Consett.
Stephen was there as the guest of honour of Durham Aged Mineworkers Homes’ Association (DAMHA) at the official opening of its’ new £640,000 housing development. The five-bungalow scheme has been named in honour of Stephen’s later father David Guy, who was President of the Durham Miners’ Association.
Mr Todd, 75, said: “I was surprised, but delighted, when I saw Stephen. He was on the same shift as me in the Delves Lane drift mine in 1989 when one of the roofs collapsed and I was buried with other people.
“I don’t remember much about the accident other than finding out afterwards that Stephen and others had helped dig me out, which I have always been very grateful for.”
Stephen said: “I was only 19 at the time but it was fantastic that we were able to get George and the other miners out without any of them suffering really serious injuries.”
The new homes have been built on the site of the old miners’ hall, and subsequently a recording studio, at Percy Terrace. The two-bedroom bungalows include a bath and walk-in shower, as well as solar panels which help to heat the water.
Stephen said: “It is an immense privilege to have this development named after my dad. He was dedicated to helping the mining communities in the Durham coalfield so this is a nice tribute to him and my family and I would like to thank Durham Aged Mineworkers Homes’ Association for remembering him in this way.”
Paul Mullis, DAMHA Chief Executive, said: “There is a real shortage of new build, high quality bungalows across County Durham, so we are delighted to have been able to do our bit by providing these new homes.
“It seemed only fitting, given the homes are built on the site of the old miners’ hall and because of David’s contribution to the mining industry in County Durham, to name them in his honour.”