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Northern Gas Networks (NGN), the North of England’s gas distributor, has unveiled a mural at St Philip Neri Roman Catholic School in Dunston, Gateshead, to commemorate the Redheugh Gas Holder.

For around 100 years gas holders were a vital part of the local gas supply system, responsible for supplying gas to thousands of people across the country. However, advances in technology and the enhanced capability of the modern-day gas network mean that gas holders are no longer in use.

In a bid to commemorate the gas holder in the local area, NGN approached the school where staff said an old wall on the school grounds was in need of repair. The school met with NGN’s Customer Care Officer Alex Brightman, and the plan for a mural to brighten up the wall and remember the history of the gas holder was agreed.

Children from the school visited the gas holder before it was demolished to see just how important they were to the gas industry and the local area. Following the visit, children produced their own artwork to compliment the mural that the gas distributor’s resident artist produced.

Mrs Valerie Douglass, Head Teacher at St Philip Neri Roman Catholic School, said: “The partnership work between our school and Northern Gas Networks was wonderful. The pupils who visited the gas holder now have a greater understanding of how important the gas industry was for the people of Dunston. All pupils were involved in producing artwork and we are delighted with our new wall mural which will be a lasting legacy to the gas holder at Redheugh, Gateshead.”

Alex Brightman, Customer Care Officer for Northern Gas Networks, said: “The mural at St Philip Neri Roman Catholic School will commemorate the gas holders for many years to come. We hope the children who showed so much creativity as part of this project will go on to tell their own children about how they helped create the mural that will be a lasting reminder of the history of the gas holder.”

NGN is a dedicated participant in the Considerate Constructor’s Scheme (CCS*) and continually seek out local community projects to support whilst carrying out work in the local area.

As part of a rolling programme NGN is aiming to dismantle 23 of the region’s gas holders by 2021 as part of continued investment in modernising the gas network. The gas holders will also be taken down in an environmentally responsible way, by recycling as many materials as possible.

For further information about the project please contact NGN’s Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766 or email: customercare@northerngas.co.uk.

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