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pierre Posted - 11/08/2021 : 11:38:11
Drive to create memorial to Tredegar miners

AN IMPORTANT part of Tredegar's coal mining history could become a memorial to the men and boys of the area who were killed in mining disasters.

Once the entrance to Tredegarís National Coal Board site was busy with miners. But today, with the UK's coal mining industry little more than a memory, the gates are all that remains.

And Ken Sullivan, who worked in Oakdale colliery for 24 years, wants the gates to be restored and made into a memorial to the 59 miners from the town who were killed in four seperate disasters. Of the 59 fatalities, four were only 12 years old, and two died alongside their fathers.

Mr Sullivan, 69, has been active in campaigning for miners pensions, rights and memorials. He said the Tredegar Miners Memorial will need £15,000 to regenerate. So far £4,000 has been raised towards the scheme.

"This all happened less than 100 years ago," he said.

"Boris (Johnson)'s comments the other day about closing the mines was a mockery.

"I have been fighting for the last few years over miners pensioners. It had over 106,000 signatures. We went to Westminster to debate getting £1.2 billion back to miners pensioners. Nothing has happened.

"He doesn't like the miners, but he likes the miners' pensions."

The prime minister's comments about Margaret Thatcher and the closure of the UK's coal mines has caused anger in Blaenau Gwent.

Mr Johnson had claimed that Mrs Thatcher had given the UK an "early start" in the shift away from fossil fuels by closing pits.

Mr Sullivan has drawn out plans for how the gates could look:

"We are looking to put the gates by the post office in town where the wooden fence is. We still have a lot of work to do."

Mr Sullivan said that there should be a national memorial for the whole of Wales to honour the miners. He suggested a statue should be in Cardiff, similarly to the brown Aneurin Bevan statue stands at the end of Queen Street.

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Exbrompton Posted - 12/08/2021 : 22:43:26
The Tredegar Miners Memorial has a crowdfunding link
billbaily Posted - 12/08/2021 : 10:10:54

The National Coal Board was a big employer in Tredegar and surrounding areas it would be great to see these gates preserved and would be a fitting memorial to all who lost their lives in mining. Perhaps more information on how donations could be made, may be put on this site. Nathan Wyburn made an impressive sculpture recently of the 144 who lost their lives in Aberfan it's on show at The Coal Mining Experience Museum at Rhondda Heritage Park.

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