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Giant sculpture for mining town
Miner sculpture
The miner sculpture will stand tall over Brownhills
A 30ft sculpture of a miner is standing tall over former mining fields in the Black Country.

The five tonne, 70,000 artwork, featuring a 19th Century miner holding a lamp and pick, is being placed at a roundabout in Brownhills.

The sculpture commemorates the miners who worked in the town for three centuries before the last Brownhills pit closed.

Workman are taking two days to install the piece.

Councillor and former miner Alan Paul, chairman of the Brownhills Local Neighbourhood Partnership, said the project had taken more than five years to get off the ground.

'Fabric of town'

"The people of the town are very much behind it.

"It's a key aim to build pride and by celebrating the rich heritage we have we are doing just that," said Mr Paul, who worked at the Wyrley Number Three pit in Staffordshire for two years after he left school.

Fellow committee member Doug Birch, who worked for 43 years in the Cannock Chase coal field, said: "Coalmining was very important in Brownhills.

"Its a part of the fabric of the town and its people. This piece of art acknowledges that. It celebrates the past but is also forward looking."

The sculpture is by artist John McKenna and was funded by the Walsall Borough Strategic Partnership and Walsall Council.


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