Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Appeal for Iconic Sculpture of Industry

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Appeal for Iconic Sculpture of Industry

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AN iconic sculpture is being planned to provide a permanent memorial to the former pit whose closure severed the final link between the North East and its once-mighty deep mining industry.

The 8ft 6in bronze artwork - depicting a mineworker and incorporating an old pit wheel - will stand on a raised mound at the entrance to Ellington Colliery in Northumberland, which closed in January 2005.

A pounds 75,000 project has been launched to commission the permanent memorial, as well as produce a booklet on the Ellington/Lynemouth Combine's history and organise a programme of educational activities around the artwork. Bids for more than pounds 30,000 each have been made to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Castle Morpeth Borough Council, and it is hoped to have the sculpture in place by June next year - the 100th anniversary of the opening of Ellington Colliery.

Donations to the fundraising appeal have been pledged by former Newcastle United supremo Sir John Hall, landowner Lord Ridley, the National Union of Mineworkers, landowner UK Coal and parish councils in Ellington and Lynemouth. …

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