The contribution and sacrifice made by generations of miners is to be embodied by a sculpture that is slowly taking shape near Prestonpans.
Four years after a miners’ memorial for the town was first proposed by Prestonpans Community Council, the £30,000 project is now nearing completion.
With almost half the money still to be raised, however, the wider community is being asked to play its part.
“Since the 17th century, when monks first started mining, until the closure of Prestonlinks and Prestongrange collieries in the early 1960s, there were miners in Prestonpans,” said Community Council chairman Jimmy Yule.
“Many people were killed in the pits that surrounded us and the community council felt it befitting that a memorial be erected to those men, including those who dug our coal during the war and other periods of crisis.”
A planning application has been lodged with East Lothian Council for the installation of the artwork on the site of the old ventilation shaft of Meadowmill pit – a prominent site at the junction of Schaw Road and Bankton Road.
The memorial, depicting two miners working at the coalface, is being created by Cockenzie-based sculptor and stonemason Gardner Molloy.
To make a donation to the fund contact Community Councillor Tom Ewing at firstname.lastname@example.org
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