Mining statue set to be unveiled

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A statue to commemorate a community’s mining heritage will have its official unveiling on Saturday.

“Marra”, a 9ft-tall steel sculpture to celebrate Horden’s proud mining heritage, will be unveiled in the village’s Welfare Park at 11am.

Created by artist Ray Lonsdale – the man behind Seaham’s acclaimed “Tommy” sculpture – it depicts a miner with his heart torn out, to illustrate the ravages on mining communities that happened in the 1980s.

The event, which will run from 11am to 1pm, is free and open to the public and will include bouncy castles, stalls and an appearance from the Easington Silver Singers. Horden Heritage Centre and Tea Rooms will also be open and will be providing a display of mining memorabilia in celebration of the village’s mining history. Horden Social Welfare Centre will be open and visitors can make use of the licensed premises, which are open from 11am to 1pm.

Horden Parish Council has also asked that the oldest miners who worked at the pit to unveil Marra.