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Campaign for miners’ statue in South Yorkshire

Silverwood Miners' Welfare in Rotherham has started a campaign to raise �30,000 to have a  miners' statue erected in front of the club.

Silverwood Miners' Welfare in Rotherham has started a campaign to raise �30,000 to have a miners' statue erected in front of the club.

People with links to Silverwood Colliery are uniting to raise £30,000 for a memorial statue.

Trustees at Silverwood Miners’ Welfare, on Doncaster Road, in Dalton, wanted to erect a memorial outside the building.

But after looking into various streams of funding, they have now been told there is no money available.

So the group have launched a fundraising campaign to raise the money themselves, determined that the pit and everyone who worked there should remain an integral part of the community.

Already planned is a football match between local men and women on Sunday, May 4. A football tournament is also being organised for over-45s.

Sandra McDermott, secretary of Silverwood Miners’ Welfare and Resource Centre, said: “It’s going to be a long process, but we are determined to do it.”

Trustees at the welfare club, known locally as The Blaggin, have opted to have a statue depicting four miners, rather than erecting a wheel, similar to the monument unveiled outside the colliery last year.

“We thought children and residents who don’t know much about the colliery might not know about the wheel, but if they saw four miners they would recognise they are workers and recognise the clothes they are wearing,” added Sandra, whose father worked at Silverwood Colliery.

Smaller versions of the statue have been given out to women in West Yorkshire, who worked in the soup kitchen during the miners’ strike.

The first shaft at Silverwood was sunk in 1900, with coal production commencing five years later. The colliery closed in 1994.

To help with the campaign visit www.facebook.com/silverwood.miners

 

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