A Miner’s Memorial Flower bed has be unveiled on Queensway, Swinton last month to honour the thousands of men, women, boys and girls who worked below the ground. With the support of the Forestry Commission and Friends of Agecroft Colliery, the flowerbed was created by children and staff of Kids Planet Day Nursery, Swinton.
Speaking about the memorial, Alex Channon, Chair of the Friends of Agecroft Colliery said: “The heritage and history of coal mining is very important in Swinton and surrounding areas. Large scale coalmining was a major industry here from the mid-18th century until the final pit closure in 1990. During that time many thousands of men, women, boys and girls toiled in those mines with many suffering serious injury and hundreds paying the ultimate price of coal. It’s befitting that we remember our heritage and wonderful that Kids Planet nursery in Swinton were so able to play their part before and during this ceremony.”
Children from the nursery attended the ceremony and blessing of the flowerbed alongside Fr Jeremy Sheehy of the St Augustine’s Church, Miner’s Cathedral and The Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, Councillor Charlie McIntyre. Jamielee Arnold, Manager of the nursery on Station Road, Swinton said: “It has been an honour to be part of this fantastic community project and we look forward to continuing to support it and helping the children to grow, develop and engage in activities such as this which they may not have been able to access previously”.
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