Don"t let our villages die! Thats the rallying cry from Sarah Beeny as she visits six rural communities fighting for survival in the new series,…

Don"t let our villages die! Thats the rallying cry from Sarah Beeny as she visits six rural communities fighting for survival in the new series,…

Don”t let our villages die! That’s the rallying cry from Sarah Beeny as she visits six rural communities fighting for survival in the new series, Village SOS

12:13 AM on 6th August 2011

Sarah Beeny hosts upcoming BBC series, Village SOS

Sarah Beeny hosts upcoming BBC series, Village SOS

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Shops closing, unemployment soaring – the old mining village had fallen into decline when the pits closed in 1987.

But 400 volunteers, including the WI and local police, transformed it by converting the old pit area into a park with fishing facilities and a youth and community centre.

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Locals roped in How Clean Is Your House Aggie MacKenzie to help with the massive task of cleaning up The Barge Inn, which had been left filthy and neglected.

They got the pub tidied up in just 24 hours, to make the most of the summer trade, then closed it for a thorough renovation.