In 1892, Deaf Hill had a banner made of canvas by Bainbridge of Newcastle. It had a religious scene on one side and three men on the other side. They were Mr. Peter Lee (who was born in Trimdon Grange), Mr. Hughes (who was the first Labour M.P. for Chester - le - Street) and Mr. Teddy O'Neil (who lived in 19 Rodwell Street and at 2 Railway Street, Trimdon Station) After a time, the Banner grew worse for wear, and the edges grew ragged, so it was decided to have a new one. But what was to be done about the shabby one ?
Eventually it was decided to have a grand raffle for the pit employees and the prize would be the 1892 banner. The winner was a Mr. Darby - his first name was not known - Of course it was too big to get into a Colliery house, so the shabby surround was cut off leaving the picture. It was presented to Mr. O'Neill and his wife, and it has passed down through the O'Neill family, the present owner now being Mr. Ted Atherton, who works in Saudi Arabia. The little scene on the banner seemed to have illustrated 'The Good Samaritan' with the traveller's white horse standing by. We do not know the actual date of the new, second banner, but from a photograph it was in existence ( plus black drapes) in 1924 when it also showed "The Good Samaritan" but this time with a black horse. There is no picture we know of which shows the other side. The present banner hanging in the Community Centre (Welfare Hall) has the Samaritan with a Black Horse still, and the reverse side shows Conishead Priory.
It is questionable if this is a second or third banner, because I heard once that the banner had been severely damaged in a drunken brawl and so had to be replaced.