THE name of the North-East’s newest green open space has been announced.

Elba Park was created on the redeveloped former Lambton Colliery and Cokeworks site, between Bournmoor and Shiney Row.

The title harks back to the village of Elba which once stood on the site, taking its name from the local phrase for an elbow, or curve, of the Durham Junction Railway, that ran through the site.

Robert Napier, who chairs the Homes and Communities Agency, revealed the new name on a preview visit.

The HCA invested more than £25m reclaiming the heavily-contaminated site, where industrial activity ended with the cokeworks closure in the 1980s.

More than 2m cubic metres of soil were moved to create the 128-acre park, which includes public art chosen by local people to commemorate the local mining history.

Mr Napier said: “Elba Park is a distinctive name with deep roots in local history.”

The park’s heart features a memorial to the 100-plus miners who died in industrial accidents at the colliery.

An official opening will take place next month.