Search on to find our oldest living miner

Ray Lonsdale's 'Marra' sculpture which is set to be unveiled next month at Horden's Welfare Park
Ray Lonsdale's 'Marra' sculpture which is set to be unveiled next month at Horden's Welfare Park
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The oldest living miners in an east Durham community are being sought to help mark the unveiling of a monument to the area’s proud industrial heritage.

Horden Parish Council are calling for those who worked at the now closed Horden Colliery to come forward.

Once councillors find out who the oldest pitmen who worked at Horden are, they will be invited as the guests of honour to unveil the most recent acquisition to Horden’s Welfare Park, “Marra”, a 9ft-tall steel sculpture depicting a miner.

Plans are now going ahead to have the sculpture installed and ready to be unveiled at a formal event on Saturday, November 21, between 11am and 1pm.

Representatives from Durham Miner’s Association and other organisations will be invited to attend as well as the creation’s sculptor Ray Lonsdale.

Clerk to the council, Paul Davison said: “The event will be a historic occasion for Horden and we would encourage residents and members of the public to come out on November 21 to see him unveiled.”

People should contact the parish council with the person’s name, contact details, date of birth and the years they worked at Horden Colliery by next Monday. Write to Mr Davison at Horden Parish Council, Horden Social Welfare Centre, Seventh Street, Horden, County Durham, SR8 4LX, call 0191 518 0823 or email: hordencouncil@btconnect.com