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Cadeby Pit memorial one step closer

Irene Brown, the oldest surviving relative and Jeff Lovell, of Cadeby Main Colliery Memorial Group unviel the new memorial at the Cadeby Main Colliery Disaster service at Denaby Cemetery. Picture: Andrew Roe

Irene Brown, the oldest surviving relative and Jeff Lovell, of Cadeby Main Colliery Memorial Group unviel the new memorial at the Cadeby Main Colliery Disaster service at Denaby Cemetery. Picture: Andrew Roe

Proposals for a memorial to mark the location of the former Cadeby Main Colliery are one step closer after the scheme was backed by planning chiefs.

Doncaster Council’s planning board gave approval to the scheme, which involves siting an old pit winding wheel and plaque at the side of Kilner’s Bridge in Denaby.

A group of former miners, called the Cadeby Main Colliery Memorial Group, has spent about four years raising more than £12, 000 for the memorial, which they hope will be erected before the end of the year.

Chairman Jeff Lovell, 71, of Corn Hill, Conisbrough, said: “We are pleased that councillors backed the scheme and it is only right that we honour the lads who worked there.

“Some 237 lads lost their lives there and there were more than 1000 accidents so a memorial will mean a lot to a lot of people.”

The pit was in operation between 1889 and 1986. More than 80 men and boys lost their lives in an explosion in 1912.

The group has previously raised money for a small memorial in Denaby Cemetery to remember those who died in the pit disaster.

But this new memorial will be in a more prominent place in the town.

Mr Lovell, who worked at Cadeby from 1969 to 78, said: “The wheel is 13ft in diameter and is from a collector of mining memorabilia. It is certainly from South Yorkshire and could well be from Cadeby. There will be the dates on it marking when it opened and closed.

“Where it is sited will put it in full view of motorists and the public when they go by. Network Rail own the land and we are just waiting for them to give the final go-ahead.

“Hopefully it will be up before the end of the year and we’ll have a service and dedication from the local clergy and singing from a choir. We will also invite the old miners along for the dedication.”

 

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