MP unveils memorial

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A new memorial to the sacrifice of South Yorkshire miners during World War I has been unveiled by Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher.

A memorial plaque and clock has been installed at the Houghton Main club house dedicated to the memory of the men of Houghton Main Colliery.

Many went to serve with the 13th/14th Battalions of the York and Lancaster Regiment - the Barnsley Pals.

Mr Dugher met with the family of George Goddard at the celebration - a brave Houghton miner and Barnsley Pal who survived World War One. He is one of the courageous people that the plaque and clock commemorate.

Councillors Dorothy Higginbottom, Caroline Saunders and Brian Key also attended the celebration and the Dearne Big Band performed.

Mr Dugher received a certificate of commendation from the Houghton Main Miners’ Welfare for his support.

He said: “This was a fantastic celebration of over 300 years of the pit that became known as Houghton Main. We also paused to remember those who were injured or killed working in the pits, as well as paying tribute to those who went on strike 30 years ago to defend their industry and way of life.

“The memorial to those miners who served in the Barnsley Pals and elsewhere in the forces during the First World War was especially poignant and moving.”

Support also came from Barnsley Museum Service.