NZ1963 : 'Yesterday, Today, Forever', Fowberry Road, Scotswood

taken 9 years ago, near to Blaydon, Gateshead, Great Britain

'Yesterday, Today, Forever', Fowberry Road, Scotswood
'Yesterday, Today, Forever', Fowberry Road, Scotswood
This very shiny new sculpture of a pitman, pony and two children has appeared on the small traffic island at the junction of Fowberry Road and Denton Road. A plaque nearby says it is in remembrance of the 38 men and boys killed in the Montagu View Pit disaster on 30 March 1925, when an inrush of water from the nearby abandoned Paradise Pit flooded the deep Brockwell Seam. Some of the bodies were not recovered until January 1926 LinkExternal link
The miners were buried at Elswick cemetery NZ2263 : St John's Cemetery, Elswick where there is a more conventional memorial LinkExternal link
The pit was finally closed on 13th November 1959.

The sculpture by Xceptional Designs was unveiled on 9th June 2012. Local children and the community were involved in the design which also features a frog, a tank and a house. One of the schoolchildren said 'Scotswood is like a frog, itís not very pretty on the outside but itís beautiful on the inside.' The pitman, pony and tank Link depict the past heritage, with the pitman leading the children to the future. The girl is taking his photo with her mobile phone.
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Thursday, 12 July, 2012   (more nearby)
Thursday, 12 July, 2012
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Lowlands  Housing, Dwellings  Suburb, Urban fringe  Roads, Road transport 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1988 6394 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.1813N 1:41.4598W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1987 6393
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