Donation to boost miners’ memorial in Hucknall

HONOURING THE FALLEN PITMEN -- campaigner Barrie Lewis by the miners' memorial in Hucknall town centre.
HONOURING THE FALLEN PITMEN -- campaigner Barrie Lewis by the miners' memorial in Hucknall town centre.

Hucknall’s monument honouring fallen pit-workers has been given a boost of £1,000 from a regional house-builder.

The miners’ memorial, which stands on Station Road, has been in place since last year. Now it is to be improved thanks to a donation by Persimmon Homes North Midlands as part of the company’s year-long initiative to support local communities.

Hucknall and Linby Joint History and Heritage Committee received the money for the memorial, which consists of three stone boulders and is dedicated to the men and boys killed while working at the former collieries at Hucknall and Linby.

“The money will go towards erecting an interpretational panel at the site, designed by local schoolchildren,” said committee-member Barrie Lewis, an ex-pitman who campaigned for a suitable memorial for many years.

“It was also pay for school trips to mining museums to further the youngsters’ education on the subject. I believe it’s important for future generations to learn and understand about what life was like in the mines.

“It was back in 2010, on the anniversary of my own father’s fatal accident at Hucknall Colliery, that I decided these brave men should be properly remembered.

“The whole community really got behind the idea and, so far, we have been raising money with the help of social evenings, donations from local councillors and support from local businesses. We are extremely thankful for the money donated to us by Persimmon.”

Paul Hurst, managing director of Persimmon Homes North Midlands, said: “We are delighted to donate money to a cause that is so close to people’s hearts. It’s important to remember those who risked their lives while simply trying to provide for their families.”