Allerton Bywater miners memorial unveiled
- 8 September 2012
- From the section Leeds & West Yorkshire
A memorial to miners who died in accidents at a former Yorkshire pit has been unveiled.
The colliery at Allerton Bywater in West Yorkshire closed in March 1992. In its 117-year history 87 men and boys lost their lives at the pit.
The memorial, a sculpture in the shape of a mining cage, was designed by local artist and former miner Harry Malkin.
During the official dedication ceremony the names of all those killed at the pit were read out.
The £30,000 needed to build the memorial was gathered through fundraising efforts.
The sculpture shows four different mining-related themes on the sides of a cage that has just emerged at the surface from an imaginary shaft.