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Rugeley mining sculptures unveiled

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 11, 2014

By Tom Haynes

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FOUR sculptures will be installed on a Rugeley island to commemorate the lives of miners who were killed underground at the Brereton and Lea Hall collieries.

The £55,000 project on the Globe Island will feature four, nine ft figures made from concrete resin.

Councillor Diane Todd, Portfolio Leader for Town Centre Regeneration, said: “The scheme is a public sculpture to commemorate approximately 80 miners who lost their lives down the pits.

“The Memorial Society has engaged sculptor Andy De Comyn who also produced the ’Shot at Dawn memorial’ at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas.

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“This memorial is an important part of Rugeley’s heritage and I am looking forward to seeing the final results.”

The project, which will take 18 months to complete, was agreed after the Lea Hall and Brereton Collieries Memorial Society presented proposals to erect a monument for miners at a meeting of the Town Centre Regeneration Committee in December 2011.

A sum of £68,000 was approved in June 2012 as part of the Town Centre Improvement Fund, and a planning application submitted by the Society was approved by the Planning Control Committee in August 2013.

Artist Sculptor Andy De Comyn said: “It is an honour and a privilege to be able to design and build a sculpture that commemorates such a fundamental part of Rugeley’s heritage.”

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