A MUCH-LOVED NUM banner has gone missing.

Members from the National Union of Mineworkers are appealing for the safe return of the Goldthorpe branch banner which bears the words 'Coal Not Dole' and an image of miners at work.

NUM member John 'Inky' Thomson said the banner was last seen about 18 months ago in the Dearne Community Theatre in Goldthorpe where the NUM had been running advice surgeries.

"They can remember someone borrowing it but nobody signed it out and they din't fetch it back," he said.

The NUM appealed for information and although some people came forward, the leads went nowhere.

"It could be that it was borrowed for a celebration or a gala and then inadvertently it wasn't returned," Mr Thomson added.

"It might be rolled up in someone's garage or attic and we're desperate to get it back because it's part of our heritage for future generations."