New memorial to Burnley and Padiham miners

The Mayor and Mayoress of Padiham, Coun Bob Clark and Mrs Ann Clark offically open the new bench on Padiham Greenway.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Padiham, Coun Bob Clark and Mrs Ann Clark offically open the new bench on Padiham Greenway.

A HAND crafted seating area that commemorates the mining community in Burnley and Padiham has been unveiled.

Artist Tim Norris has created a sculptural seating area that is set into banking at the Rosegrove end of the Burnley and Padiham Greenway. The seating is made from locally sourced wood and stone and anyone who rests there will have magnifiicent views of the surrounding moors. The wood echoes the pit props that were used in the mines and a memorial has been inscribed on the seat.

The £7,000 project was led by Padiham Green Primary School with support from all other schools in the town. Financing has come from Lancashire County Council, the Mid Pennine Arts Association and Padiham Town Council.

Mid Pennine Arts commissioned Mr Norris and he was helped by blacksmith Mr John Conlan who fittingly spent some time working at Hapton Pit. Mr Conlan created three metal plates that were inscribed before being laid into the seat.

Burnley Borough Council’s Parks Department also helped with the project along with a host of volunteers. The unveiling was carried out by the Mayor and Mayoress of Padiham Coun. Bob Clark and his wife Ann along with local miners, Helen Yates from Mid Pennine Arts, Caroline Holden from Lancashire County Council, Mr Mark Dixon who is headteacher at Padiham Green Primaryalong with some of his own students and pupils from other schools in the town.

Miss Yates said: “Padiham Greenway Memorial Seating adds to the exciting programme of arts and community projects that have taken place on the Greenway over the last two years. It will ensure that an important dimension of the history behind the Greenway will not be forgotten.”