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Memorial for miners

Miners who worked in the Cannock Chase coalfields have been remembered with a special memorial.

The memorial, naming nearly 1,500 miners, was officially opened in Hednesford town centre with a special service at the end of April. More than 1,000 people turned up to pay their respects at the ceremony.

The miners’ names have been engraved on bricks at a cost of £20 each and placed around the existing miners’ torch memorial. The existing memorial already contained the names of 1,200 miners.

The new bricks have been positioned around flowerbeds at the site. The individual pits have also been named in special paving stones.

One of the organisers, Mike Mellor, said: “When we started in about 2005 there wasn’t anything across Cannock Chase to recognise the efforts of miners.

“It was through these coalfields that the towns of Cannock, Rugeley and Hednesford grew. The communities depended on these mines.

“It is really about recognising the people who worked in the mining industry.”

The Cannock Chase coalfields once consisted of 48 coalmines. The last mine, in Littleton, closed in 1993.

Tom Maybury, 79, of Chadsmoor, whose father’s name is on one of the bricks, said: “I think today is very important. We must never forget the miners.”

Tom and his father George worked in the mine in Littleton. George died of a stroke after being down the pit when a fire broke out.

Cannock Chase Orpheus Male Choir and The Rugeley Power Station Band kept the crowd entertained during the ceremony with some live music, and poem “A tribute to the Miners of the Cannock Chase Coalfield” was read by its author Julie Squires.

 

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