Willington, County Durham
|Willington shown within County Durham|
|Population||7,190 (2011) |
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Fire||County Durham and Darlington|
|EU Parliament||North East England|
Like many communities in the area Willington's economy was largely based on coal mining. The closure of the colliery in 1967 therefore affected the local economy badly and, in common with many former mining communities, Willington has struggled to recover.
Although a handful of job opportunities remain within the village limits, work for many residents is now located outside the village, and Willington functions largely as a satellite town for Bishop Auckland and Durham.
Along with a Co-operative supermarket, many small independent shops thrive in the village such as an independent butchers, a fruiterer, a hardware shop and a pet shop, as well as several restaurants. There are currently six pubs operating in the village, along with a small microbrewery, the Gambling Man Brewing Company.
Willington has its own football club, Willington F.C., who currently play in the 11th tier of English football. Founded in 1906, the club won the Northern League in 1913-14, 1925-26 and 1929-1930, but have struggled more in recent years, having been relegated to the Wearside League where they continued to struggle.
Their most recent highlight was featuring in the Wearside Football League Cup final in 2011, where they were eventually beaten by Ryhope Colliery Welfare 4-2 on penalties.