Don Valley MP, Caroline Flint joined members of the Yorkshire Main Commemorative Trust this week to see the start of work on their Memorial Garden.
Chair of the Yorkshire Main Commemorative Trust, Frank Arrowsmith said: “It great to have Caroline to see the work taking shape on the Memorial Garden. This garden and the Yorkshire Main memorial wall have been a two and a half year Labour of love. The Doncaster neighbourhood team have been really helpful from day one. The community have been very supportive and we’re very grateful for the help from Caroline, the local councillors and the Town Council.”
Said Caroline: “It is great to see work on the Yorkshire Main Commemorative Trust Memorial Garden underway. I know the hard work Frank and his Committee have put in to raise funds and research the history of the 133 men who died working at the Yorkshire Main colliery between 1909 and 1985. The centre-piece of this garden will be a plaque to those 133 miners. The whole project should be ready to open in Spring 2013. I believe the Edlington community will take this place to their hearts. The work of the Commemorative Trust reminds us that we should never forget the history of our mining communities.”
The Yorkshire Main Commemorative Trust Memorial Garden is raising over £30,000 to complete the work to the Memorial Garden. To donate to this project, go to: http://yorkshiremaincommemorativetrust.webs.com
WORK BEGINS: Frank Arrowsmith, (second from left) and Caroline Flint with staff from JK Paving, and Cllr Phil Cole, starting to build the plinth for a commemorative arch and the plaque to 133 Yorkshire Main miners who lost their lives while the colliery was open.