Re-dedication service for Ollerton Miner’s banner

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Ollerton Miners’ banner has been restored to its former glory and will be officially rededicated at a church service this Sunday (19th May).

The banner, which disappeared from the town during the miner’s strikes of the 1980s, was rediscovered in a damp garage in Southampton.

It was returned to Ollerton 10 years ago and a committee was formed to look into its restoration.

The rededication service will take place at St Paulinus Church in New Ollerton at 11.30am with retired miners from the Ollerton colliery attending as well as county councillor Stella Smedley, who approved the £9,500 funding for the restoration project.

Arthur Jackson, treasurer of the Ex and Retired Miners Association, said: “When the banner was returned it was in quite a state as it was ripped in several places and it was only the middle section that was remaining.

“It is such an important part of the heritage of this area that to see it restored so beautifully is a wonderful sight to behold.”

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme provided the funding for the banner’s restoration which was carried out by Cheshire restorer Jacqueline Hyman.

Coun Smedley said: “I’m absolutely thrilled with how the banner now looks. We almost lost it forever but it is now back in its rightful place – St Paulinus Church which has always been known as the miner’s church.

“The banner means such a lot to local people and it will now be displayed in the church for generations to come.”

The banner will be encased behind Perspex and displayed under the miner’s stained glass window in the church.

Eric Eton, chairman of the Nottinghamshire Ex and Retired Miners Association, added: “This will be a great day for the people of Ollerton and for everyone who has had a family member work at Ollerton colliery over the years.”