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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 April, 2004, 09:39 GMT 10:39 UK
Return home for mining heritage
Vivid symbols of Teesside's ironstone mining heritage, were returning to their home on Sunday.

Two pillars, which were the largest pieces of ironstone to be taken from Eston mine, currently stand outside the town hall in South Bank, Middlesbrough.

They were originally outside Eston hospital, which was demolished in 1980.

But after a campaign by the Eston Residents Association, the pillars are returning home.

'Very proud'

Ironstone was discovered in the Eston Hills in the 1850s and several drift mines were opened, marking the beginning of the iron and steel industry that shaped Teesside.

The pillars are set to be placed at the site of a former hospital, which was built for ironstone workers.

Councillor Ann Higgins, from Eston Residents Association, said: "They are a commemoration of our heritage - it was the start of the industrialisation of the whole area and we have little to mark it."

The pillars are engraved on one side with the words "Eston Mines" and, on the other, "Cleveland Ironstone".

Ms Higgins added: "I have spoken to Eston people who had family who worked in the mines and they are very proud, and will be there when the pillars are returned."

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