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Date set for unveiling of monument to Burntwood’s mining heritage

Burntwood residents will get the first look at their new resident when a statue is unveiled at Sankeys Corner.

Representatives from local groups get a first look at the Scamp sculpture before it is cast

Representatives from local groups get a first look at the Scamp sculpture before it is cast

The SCAMP monument features a miner and pit pony and will finally be unveiled on June 8 at 1pm.

To mark the occasion there will also be entertainment from a brass band, a bouncy castle and pig roast.

SCAMP will stand 2.2metres high and sculptor Peter Walker believes his addition to the town will be welcome.

“For me this is perhaps the most important artwork I will make,” he explained. “It is for the town I grew up in and for the people I know.

“It is of great importance that the history of this town isn’t forgotten and as the town gets larger the more the mining heritage disappears.

“The artwork will forever stand as a symbol of an era gone by, in a place which I have walked past a thousand times with my family, and which will be something which the fantastic community spirit of Burntwood will cherish.”

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