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Crowds turn out as statue celebrating Burntwood’s mining past is unveiled

SCAMP

SCAMP

A new statue celebrating Burntwood’s mining history has been unveiled.

Hundreds of people turned out to see the covers come off SCAMP for the first time.

The statue, featuring a miner with his pit pony, has taken pride of place at Sankeys Corner.

The crowd were entertained by the sounds of the Rugeley Power Station Brass Band before getting a first glimpse of the new addition to the town’s mining past.

The cheers rang out as the velvet green covers slipped off the plinth, giving them a first look at the iconic image.

They were told that SCAMP – which was created by local sculptor Peter Walker – was a “gift to the people of Burntwood”.

Young visitors were also reminded about the harsh conditions young miners would have faced in the local pits in years gone by.

Click below to see pictures of the day’s events in Burntwood:

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1 Comment

  1. johnthemon

    9th June, 2013 at 8:50 am

    OK another piece of street furniture for the people of Burtwood to be proud of, hopefully to revamp our ailing Sankeys Corner shopping centre maybe.