TRIBUTES have been paid to a former councillor and Durham Miners’ Association member following his death.
Harry Dinning, who has died aged 84, dedicated his life to his family, his community and his union.
Born at Wardley in 1936, he began work at the local colliery at age 15, and went on to work at Washington Glebe, Usworth and Wearmouth.
He served in a series of union positions, including as chairman at Wearmouth for 13 years, and as a member of the Durham Miners’ Association Executive.
Together with his wife Edna, Mr Dinning provided unstinting support for mining communities through the 1984-85 strike.
He served as a Gateshead councillor from 1973 to 2002, including a term as mayor, and was made an alderman in 2003.
Harry Dinning pictured with his son Alan at the Durham Miners’ Gala
DMA Secretary Alan Mardghum said: “Harry was a strong, principled character and he was a real gentleman. He treated everyone with respect and was always a massive help to young miners coming through the ranks.
“He made an immense contribution to his community and to the union at a lodge, area and national level.
“I was proud to call Harry my marra. My condolences and that of everyone at the DMA go to Edna and the family. Rest in peace Harry.”
His funeral will be held at St Mary’s Church, Heworth, at 1.15pm on Tuesday, October 13.