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Miners' Memorial Garden opened

A memorial garden to remember pitmen who lost their lives and those who worked in the mining industry has been officially opened near Wakefield today.

Residents from former mining communities were at the ceremony at the National Coal Mining Museum.

The centrepiece is a steel artwork called 'Lives Lived, Lives Lost', which holds coloured discs containing the names of miners and their colliery.

It is hoped the garden will remind future generations of what mining meant to our region.

National miners memorial opened

Hundreds of people attened the opening this afternoon a Miners' Memorial Garden at the National Coal Mining Museum near Wakefield.

The opening of the Miners' Memorial Garden Credit: Sarah Clark

The Garden celebrates and commemorates the lives of those who were part of the industry, including the close-knit families and communities who supported the miners.

The Memorial Garden was officially opened by the Museum's Chair and former Wakefield MP, David Hinchcliffe.

The centrepiece of the Garden is a steel artwork called 'Lives Lived Lives Lost', which will hold personal coal mining memories in the form of symbolic glass checks, held within the steel frame.

The centrepiece of the the Miners' Memorial Garden Credit: Sarah Clark
Some of the mining memories held in the artwork Credit: Sarah Clark
The Lives Lived, Lives Lost installation Credit: Sarah Clark
The Lives Lived, Lives Lost installation Credit: Sarah Clark

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