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Mining Memorial Set To Be Unveiled

Monday June 17 2013

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

A MEMORIAL for the 288 miners who lost their lives at eight pits in the borough will be unveiled in Dodworth.

Hundreds of ex-miners and their families are expected at the unveiling which takes place on Saturday, June 22 outside the library on High Street.

The memorial commemorates the deaths of men killed while working at Dodworth, Redbrook, Silkstone Fall, Stanhope Silkstone, Higham, Strafford, Robroyd and Wentworth Silkstone collieries between 1850 and 1987.

It features a section of a restored pit-head winding wheel, which has been mounted on a specially-designed stone plinth. It also has two stainless steel plaques featuring pit locations and a poem.

A panel with a map showing locations of several local collieries, surrounded by art work from the local pupils, sits alongside it.

Ex-miner Steve Wyatt, 59, who worked at Dodworth and other pits, has been a driving force as chairman of the Dodworth and District Miners' Memorial Fund group which led the £16,000 project.

He said: "It's good to see it all coming together, so much hard work has gone into it.

"The problem these days is there is no community spirit any more and this memorial is what that's about, putting something back into the community and making it a place to feel proud of."

The day will be be marked with a march from Dodworth church at 10am and banners of the National Union of Mineworkers branches will be carried.

In September last year, the memorial group received a £9,700 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to kick start the project, and the rest came from various fundraising events.

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Reply Posted by brian on Monday June 17 2013 at 12:08
What time is the unveiling of the memorial does anyone know

Reply Posted by Robbie on Monday June 17 2013 at 12:15
My exact words too.. a time would be wonderful. NUM Forever!

Reply Posted by Carley on Monday June 17 2013 at 12:35
I would guess about 5/10 mins after the march starts as its only round the corner from the church

Reply Posted by Sandra Birkinshaw on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 18:10
The march begins at 10:00 am at St. John the Baptist Church Green Road Dodworth, it will be lead by the Dodworth Colliery Miners Welfare Brass Band. The march goes up Green Road, to the crossroad where the War Memorial is situated on the right, turn right at this memorial, and the Miners Memorial is situated in front of the Library. If you require any further information please contact me: sandrabirkinshaw@blueyonder.co.uk

Reply Posted by Jimmy on Wednesday June 19 2013 at 14:10
I play in Dodworth Colliery MW Band and and I'm proud to lead this parade. We're doing a short concert after the march if anyone wants to listen to us. I'm not from Yorkshire but my Dad and both Grandads were Co. Durham pitmen. The North East Area NUM banner will be present as well. It's important that our history is remembered.

Reply Posted by Nicola on Wednesday June 19 2013 at 14:50
Why is grimethorpe not mentioned , my great uncle was killed there.

Reply Posted by Nicola on Wednesday June 19 2013 at 14:51
Along with many others

Reply Posted by Jimmy on Thursday June 20 2013 at 00:40
The memorial is for the pits in Dodworth and its immediate vicinity. Grimethorpe has its own memorial in front of St. Luke's Church, Grimethorpe.