NUM banner to former Yorkshire Main Colliery is unearthed

Caroline Flint MP and local councillors joined local NUM members this week for the unveiling of the Edlington NUM banner, which is to be put on permanent display at the Martinwells Centre. Pictured l-r Phil Cole, Caroline Flint, Frank Arrowsmith and Cllr Bob Johnson in front of the NUM banner.
Caroline Flint MP and local councillors joined local NUM members this week for the unveiling of the Edlington NUM banner, which is to be put on permanent display at the Martinwells Centre. Pictured l-r Phil Cole, Caroline Flint, Frank Arrowsmith and Cllr Bob Johnson in front of the NUM banner.

A PERMANENT memorial to a Doncaster town’s mining heritage has gone on display.

The Edlington National Union of Mineworkers banner has been unveiled in the Martinwells Centre.

The union banner from when Yorkshire Main Colliery employed thousands in Edlington was recovered from the dusty archive of Doncaster Council’s museum service by Frank Arrowsmith and Jimmy Kelly.

Mr Arrowsmith, chairman of the Yorkshire Main Commemorative Trust: “It was a brilliant event. It was great to meet some old friends from as far afield as Blyth in the North East and Nottingham.

“It was quite an emotional occasion. The banner followed the life of the branch at galas, demonstrations and funerals. It is part of Edlington’s industrial heritage and now it has a new home in the heart of the village.”

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint joined councillors and NUM officials for the official unveiling.

She added: “People in Edlington know what this banner represents – and the journeys it has made.

“I met men and women today who found the ceremony very moving and want the history of the NUM Edlington Branch and the Yorkshire Main colliery to be remember.

“This historic banner’s new home at the Martinwells Centre will remain a living reminder of the history of this community.”