Teversal mining statue to be repaired following vandal attack

Silverhill Miners Memorial
Silverhill Miners Memorial

A STATUE which stands at Teversal as a tribute to mining in Nottinghamshire is set to be repaired more than a year after being damaged by vandals.

The bronze Testing for Gas statue, created at a cost of £50,000 after the closure of Teversal and Silverhill collieries, was damaged when thugs struck late last year.

It stands at Silverhill Wood, one of the highest points in the county.

Now work is underway to restore the statue, which depicts a miner holding a Davy safety lamp, back to its former glory.

Martin Sly, project engineer for Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Unfortunately the Silverhill Miner’s statue was vandalised around a year ago but we have had the piece which was damaged - the top half of the lamp - re-cast and we will be replacing it early autumn with a redesigned, secure fixing.

“We’ll keep local folks posted on when the work’s carried out so everyone will be able to enjoy the statue in all it’s glory once again.”

The statue was unveiled in March 2005 and was created by sculptor Antony Dufort following a public vote on the best design.

Its plaque lists all of the principle coal mines operating in Nottinghamshire between 1819 and 2005.

The sculpture was funded by money from WREN, from the Landfill Tax credit scheme and Nottinghamshire County Council.

While the plaque was funded by the county council’s Building Better Communities scheme.