Ashington could lay claim to having dozens of dancehalls, such as the Arcade Dancehall,
compered by Eric Nichol, in the Co-op building. Ashington Colliery Band now plays
at Woodhorn Museum. (Fig 10)
For recreation at Hirst a magnificent Flower Park was laid in 1920s (Fig 11 Hirst
Park in 1970 & Fig 12 as it was in the 1920’s)
At the turn of the 20th century, Ashington Council (AUDC) was aware that the townspeople
they represented were suffering severe deprivation, especially in the Hirst area
of town. Colliery houses were packed together in long rows and it was
recognised that an area needed to be set aside where miners and their families could
enjoy some space to contemplate a better life and at the same time enjoy the spate
of colour afforded by a flower park.
Hirst Flower Park opened in 1914 and contained not only hundreds of different plants,
but also sporting facilities for lovers of bowls and tennis and as a bonus, a new
children’s playground was added with swings and a banana slide.
Almost a century later and in spite of a prevailing “credit crunch” affecting the
whole nation, Ashington Town Council is committed to continuing the good work of