The Wind Road Boys

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Click here to see pictures from the rehearsals.

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It’s an original musical which tells the story of mining through the ages, but mostly through a child miner’s eyes.

It spans many generations and looks at the trials and tribulations of a Durham family caught up in the ever-changing world of mining in the Durham coalfields.

This production, which is being specially written for us, promises to be great family entertainment with fun and songs around every corner, but you may wish to bring a handkerchief, too, just in case!

Little Boy

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After inheriting a curious gift, one man is taken on the journey of a lifetime that could shape his future and that of generations to come.This is an inspirational, unmissable musical production full of mining tradition, magic and passion.

Show: The Wind Road Boys
Venue: Sunderland Empire
Date: 7th August 2012
Time: 7.30pm


A Wind Road Boy is another name for a Trapper. A Trapper was a child employed to work down the mines in complete darkness for up to 12 or more hours a day, every day. They would be paid only a few pence.

All they did all day was wait for the coal being brought to and fro and open and shut doors when the coal needed to get through. This job was an incredibly important job because opening and closing the doors on these coal routes also stopped gases, or firedamp, from building up and causing explosions underground.

The act of letting air flow through or not flow through the tunnels or roads of the mine like this helped to give these children, exclusively boys after 1842, the name of The Wind Road Boys.

Click this link to see pictures of the Sunderland Empire.

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