Mining heritage sculpture will be called ‘Marra’

Horden's sculpture of a coal miner with its heart torn out will be called Marra.

Horden's sculpture of a coal miner with its heart torn out will be called Marra.

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Councillors are set to finalise plans to install a new sculpture to the area’s mining past in a popular park.

Horden Parish Council is behind the sculpture, which a depiction of a coal miner with its heart torn out, to honour the village’s proud coal mining heritage.

More than 700 surveys were circulated to ask residents where they wanted the sculpture to be placed and suggestions for a name.

Bosses say the clear winner emerged for the name of the sculpture, created by acclaimed sculptor Ray Lonsdale who also created Tommy in Seaham, was “Marra”.

Paul Davison, the clerk to the council, said: “We have received a fantastic positive response to the sculpture and the people of Horden have spoken.

“The parish council is now planning an event to celebrate our mining heritage and Horden can now look forward to Marra coming to the Welfare Park in the near future.”

Marra in mining or “pit” slang, is a term used for a workmate, commonly used across the North East.

It’s place in the park was also chosen by the residents, with an overwhelming choice of it being placed parallel to the bandstand in Horden Welfare Park.

Parish councillors are meeting tomorrow to finalise plans to have the sculpture placed in the park and to consider an official commemorative event.

They will keep residents updated once a date has been decided and is expected that Marra will arrive in the next few weeks.

For more details contact Paul Davison on 0191 5180823, email: hordencouncil@btconnect.com or write to Horden Parish Council, Horden Social Welfare Centre, Seventh Street, Horden, County Durham, SR8 4LX.