The formal unveiling and dedication of the National Miners' Memorial has taken place at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire this morning to pay tribute to men, women, and children who worked in the coal mining industry over hundreds of years.
Built in Derbyshire stone, the Miners Memorial has a bronze frieze depicting the history of mining, including a recognition of the contributions made during the two world wars. It's 5 metres long, 2m high and 1m wide.
£100,000 was raised by the voluntary group Chase Arts for Public Spaces (CHAPS) who describe the tribute as 'long-overdue'. The organisation works to support and promote public works of art, and celebrations of heritage.
The artist behind the memorial is Andy DeComyn, a British artist and sculptor born in Worcestershire. He's worked on other pieces featured in the National Memorial Arboretum, including the Shot at Dawn Memorial.
The service of dedication was led by the Bishop of Lichfield, Rt Rev'd Dr Michael Ipgrave OBE, and featured musical contributions from Lea Hall Brass Band and choristers from Wolverhampton and Walsall Orpheus Male Voice Choirs.
The National Memorial Arboretum is a 150-acre site on the edge of the National Forest in Staffordshire that welcomes over 300,000 visitors a year, working to ensure that remembrance is passed on through generations. It is a place that helps people to reflect, be inspired, and celebrate lives lived.