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Allerton Bywater miners memorial unveiled

Mining memorial at Allerton Bywater
Image caption The panels of the sculpture show mining-related images

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.

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