Location revealedÂ for planned Doncaster miners' memorial in town centre '“Â but just days leftÂ to make it happen
A site has been identified as the location for a proposed memorial to Doncaster's miners '“ but time is running out to make it happen.
Monday December 10 is the deadline for the cash to be raised for the scheme, but there is still a shortfall of around Â£20,000 in the cash needed to bring the plans forward.
The total raised towards the target is Â£111,657.
IfÂ the funding target is met by December 10, artist Laurence Edwards will start to work on the mining statue, called at Rich Seam, in the new year and the finished piece of public art wouldÂ be unveiled in Autumn 2019.
The location it has now been revealed will be Clock Corner. TheÂ location has been chosen because it is a prominent place in the heart of the town centre where both residents and visitors can seeÂ it. Â
There wouldÂ be a total of 40 bronze portraits of local people from mining communities in the sculpture. A total of 21 of theÂ heads have already been created.
Mr Edwards will be in Doncaster on Wednesday December 5Â and Thursday December 6 making sixÂ more portraits. There areÂ 13 heads still to be chosen, so there is still a chance of being picked to be included in the sculpture.
Monday will be the last day for pledges,Â because some of the early pledges would expire if the crowdfundingÂ campaign was still live past this date.
Officials at Doncaster Council are still making contact with local businesses who could help make this project happen and money from fundraising activities and collections still taking place will be added to the total raised.
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: 'We're asking the people of Doncaster toÂ get involved in whatever way they can. The sculpture will be a world class piece of art, and a permanent reminder of all those hardworking and brave men and women who did so much to build our town and deserve thanks from all of us.
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'As with many others, it is a subject close to my heart. My Dad was a miner, and I grew up as part of a mining community, an extended family that looked out for each other, no matter what.
'Let's make this happen!'
The memorial projectÂ is also will capturingÂ the voices of miners, colliery staff and their families for generations to come.
The Free Press has been campaigning in support of the memorial proposal.
You can pledge online from as little as Â£2. Log ontoÂ Â www.doncastersminingstatue.org.ukÂ to make a pledge
You can also send a cheque made out to Doncaster Council addressedÂ to Doncaster Museum,Â Chequer Rd, Doncaster DN1 2AE.