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Hundreds turn out for unveiling of coal miner statue

Hundreds of people have turned out to attend the unveiling of a statue of a coal miner in a Shropshire village.

Cast in bronze, the statue has been built in the centre of St Martins to honour the legacy of mining in the local area.

The commemorative statue is nicknamed 'Mr Mots'. Credit: ITV News Central

The St Martins village was next to the Ifton coal mine, a place where many families had members who worked at the mine. The mine closed in 1968.

Now, to mark the 50th anniversary of the closure of Ifton Colliery, the commemorative statue which is nicknamed 'Mr Mots' has been built and placed on the Miners' Memorial Garden.

£50,000 had to be raised for the statue. Credit: ITV News Central

In order for the statue to be built, £50,000 had to be raised.