Engraving demand means later opening for Midlands memorial

14th March 2012 - Fine Cut

The £50,000 Birch Coppice Colliery memorial near Tamworth has had to put back its unveiling date due to the number of names needing to be engraved onto it.

According to the Birmingham Post, the West Midlands monument was due to be opened on March 27th to mark 25 years since the colliery closed, but the response from former miners and their families has meant it will not be ready until April 18th.

North Warwickshire Borough councillor Pete Morson labelled it "fantastic" how many people had got in touch to have precision engraving representations of names on the memorial - more than 1,000 have been recorded.

He said: "At it's heyday in the 1980s the site employed over 1,000 people, but we only expected to collect around 450-500 names as we knew that many of the workers moved away from the area when the pit closed in 1987."

The Coventry Telegraph described how the monument is ten foot high and has been funded by IM Properties, the company responsible for developing the Birch Coppice Business Park.

Birch Coppice Colliery closed in 1987 after 100 years in operation and the thousands of people who worked at the facility will be honoured at the memorial with a six foot replica of the Davy lamp used by miners while underground.

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