Dedication of National Miners’ Memorial

Published on: Mon, 23/08/2021 - 11:59

The formal unveiling and dedication of the National Miners’ Memorial will take place at the National Memorial Arboretum

The formal unveiling and dedication of the National Miners’ Memorial will take place at the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, on Friday 3rd September at 11.30am with a ceremony attended by representatives of the mining community and other dignitaries.

Chase Arts for Public Spaces (CHAPS), a voluntary group, has raised over £100,000 from individuals and groups to ensure this long overdue tribute to the men, women and children who have worked in UK coal mining industry over hundreds of years could be completed.

The service of dedication will be led by the Rt Rev’d Dr Michael Ipgrave OBE, Bishop of Lichfield and will feature musical contributions from Lea Hall Brass Band and choristers from Wolverhampton and Walsall Orpheus Male Voice Choirs.

Visitors to the National Memorial Arboretum are encouraged to pre-book to guarantee entry. Members of the public will be able to view the dedication ceremony from the perimeter of the memorial site.

Mike Mellor, President of CHAPS said: “This is set to be a very special occasion as we recognise and pay tribute to all that coal miners have done for this Country. We are looking forward to this wonderful day and the culmination of over four years working together on this project”.

Progress of the project can be followed on the group’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ChaseArtsForPublicSpaces, or on twitter @miners_memorial.