Plea for businesses to support poignant memorial to the miners

Frank Arrowsmith (l) and Peter Martin of the Yorkshire Main Trust point at the wall memorial at Yorkshire Main Community Centre in memory of the miners of the Yorkshire Main Colliery. Picture: Andrew Roe
Frank Arrowsmith (l) and Peter Martin of the Yorkshire Main Trust point at the wall memorial at Yorkshire Main Community Centre in memory of the miners of the Yorkshire Main Colliery. Picture: Andrew Roe
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ORGANISERS behind a memorial project to remember hundreds of miners are appealing for businesses to give them a boost.

The Yorkshire Main Trust is well underway with a memorial wall made up bricks with the names of miners who worked at the Edlington pit etched on them.

Around 300 bricks have already been sold for £30 each and there are still more spaces up for grabs.

Money from the bricks is being used to fund a commemorative garden but the project is in need of sponsorship from businesses to get it up and running.

Former National Union of Mineworkrs official Frank Arrowsmith, chairman of the Yorkshire Main Trust, said: “The project is going really well at the minute we are selling around 14 bricks a week.

“We could do with sponsorship from local businesses to give us a boost.

“We understand there is a recession on but anything businesses in Doncaster could do to help would be greatly appreciate.”

Former union officials at the Yorkshire Main colliery came up with the scheme to create a lasting legacy to those who worked, and in some cases lost their lives at the pit.

Edlington was one of the first to shut in the 1980s’ pit closure programme.

To find out more about supporting the project visit http://yorkshiremaincommemorativetrust.webs.com/ or the Yorkshire Main Commemorative Trust page on facebook that already has more than 3,200 members.