World War 1 claimed the lives of thousands of Australians, many of whom were miners from the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales.
In 2001 the United Mineworkers Federation of Australia Pipe Band visited the battlefields and cemeteries of the Western Front which have special meaning for Australia.
Come with them at the start of their tour as they visit Pitlochry in Scotland and then enjoy the Durham Miners Gala where their banner was blessed in the beautiful, ancient Cathedral standing above the river Wear. Join in the music and spectacle of the last great mining festival in Great Britain.
Cross the English Channel with the band and visit the mediaeval city of Ypres in Belgium, with its famous Cloth Market and be in the crowds at the Last Post ceremony in the evening at the Menin Gate Memorial.
Explore the surrounding area and reflect in the cemeteries of Tyne Cot, Mud Corner, Toronto Avenue, Hill 60 and many others.
Follow the band to France, to Fromelles where over 5000 Australians were lost in one day in 1916, to the Somme and Thiepval, the massive Memorial to the Missing. Visit the Australian Nation Memorial at Villers Bretonneux where the kangaroo still forms part of the town's badge and see the site of the battles at Pozieres where so many Australians were killed.
Finally come with the band to Paris, to the Arc de Triomphe, where the Eternal Flame is lit once again on behalf of the Australian people in a moving evening ceremony and follow the story of one miner from the Hunter Valley who never came home.
Visit our ORDER page to claim your copy of Pitlochry to Paris, Weston to the Western Front.
Visit our 'Down Under 'page for more on mining in Australia in World War 1 or visit our 'Diggers' page to discover more about the contribution made by Australia to World War 1 in this fascinating programme.
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