Moves to create a memorial to Dinnington’s mining heritage have moved a step forwards with a planning application for a statue and plinth which would be erected in the town, if approved by Rotherham Council.
The development is the result of work by the Dinnington Colliery Old Boys charity, an organisation which started as a group of ex-miners organising re-unions for those who worked at the pit.
Their objective is to see a lasting memorial to those who worked at the colliery constructed in Coronation Park, where part of a mining headgear wheel is currently in place.
Under plans submitted to Rotherham Council, it would feature a sculpture of a mine worker mounted on a plinth, with a wall and pathworks.
The group is raising funds for the project, which has already attracted several positive comments on the council’s planning website.
Dinnington resident Mary Smith has commented: “Our mining heritage is important to many families in Dinnington ans well as the surrounding area.
“The memorial will be a way for people to remember their loved ones and ensure that those who built the town are not forgotten by future generations.”
The Old Boys group formed in 2014 as a result of a meeting by a handful of people wanting to mark the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike of 1984.
The first reunion took place in September 2014 and was so successful it became an annual event and the plans for a permanent memorial evolved from that.