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Scores Turn Out For Dodworth's Mining Memorial

Wednesday June 26 2013

Dodworth's mining memorial unveiled Dodworth's mining memorial unveiled

MANY people turned out for a family fun day in Dodworth as part of celebrations for the unveiling of the village's mining memorial.

The event took place on June 22 at the library on High Street and there were plenty of attractions to keep people busy - and even the sun made a brief appearance.

After the High Street memorial was revealed to the public, which commemorates the men killed at eight Barnsley pits between 1850 and 1987, many people then gathered on the grassed area on High Street to continue the celebrations.

Entertainment on the day included children's fair rides, various stalls, face-painting and Dodworth Colliery Band gave rousing musical renditions to get folk in the mood.

The fun day and unveiling was organised by Dodworth and District Miners' Memorial Fund. The group's secretary, Sandra Birkinshaw, said it was 'a really excellent day' and good for the community.

"While the weather may have held some people back, there was plenty of entertainment on and people had a a good time," she said.

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Reply Posted by Robert on Wednesday June 26 2013 at 16:42
I would just like to thank the people of Dodworth village for the wonderful reception that they gave regarding the unveiling of the mining memorial at Dodworth cross-roads. To meet friends from many years ago was a wonderful experience and the speeches by Mr Steven Wyatt, Mr Graham Ibbeson and Cllr Philip Burkinshaw were very respectful and in remembrance to all who have served in the mining community. Marching from Dodworth church, walking besides our old NUM officials, brought back memories of the 1984/85 strike, with the brass band playing and children skipping... it brought the community back together. The people of Dodworth and Gilroyd should hold their heads high and be proud for what they have achieved.

Reply Posted by Michael from Germany on Thursday July 4 2013 at 16:38
Therfore I´m planning a photo-project beginning August, I´m looking for lads who were involved in the 84/85 strike, I would like to get in connection to you and some families. I was in Yorkshire at these days and made a reportage as a young photo-student. I would like to see how life changed for the former miners and the communities. Can you or other people give me a support. I also would like to mee the members of the brass, if they are around.

Reply Posted by Jimmy on Thursday June 27 2013 at 10:22
We in the band enjoyed it as well. We were amazed at the turn out.

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