Doncaster school children name pit pony statue as part of mining heritage event

The pit pony statue is on display in a memorial garden in Doncaster and will help children learn about the towns mining history.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 8:28 am

Children from five primary schools congregated in Markham Main Miners Memorial Garden last week to name a statue of a pit pony.

The event was arranged by Jackie Pennock, Debbie Hayes and Dennis Nowell.

Jackie said: “The Markham Main Band played several wonderful songs for everyone arriving.

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The name chosen for the pit pony was Rosie.

“There was three children each from five primary schools.

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"These were Shaw Wood Academy, Our Lady of Sorrows Primary, Tranmoor Primary and Southfield Primary all from Armthorpe and Plover Primary from Intake.

"There was a gentleman, Chris Skidmore from the NUM who did a brief talk about mining.

"He also introduced the band to play ‘The Gresford’ which is a bit like their anthem in memory of the Gresford Mining Explosion Disaster.”

Children then put their suggestions for the pit ponies name into a hat and a band member pulled out the name Rosie which was one of the names selected by a pupil from Our Lady of Sorrows school.

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