1995 West Stanley Colliery Disaster Memorial
Half a former colliery winding wheel set into a brick base, the front face of which bears black marble plaques. Four plaques list the names and ages of those killed in the disaster, the fifth represents an image of the 'unknown miner' in the form of an engraving. The whole work surrounds a tile mosaic which depicts mining tools and is set in a landscaped area of paving stones, shrubbery and benches.
The memorial was unveiled 86 years after the disaster (DUDE86, qv) by the Newcastle football manager Kevin Keegan, a grandson of one of the rescuers. Sponsored and erected by Derwentside District Council's Direct Service Organisation from funds raised by a voluntary committee it is one of two memorials to the disaster in the town. Ann Brady, a local artist, designed and constructed the foreground mosaic.(1)
Raised gold lettering in Roman capitals on wheel: WEST STANLEY COLLIERY DISASTER 16TH FEBRUARY 1909. 168 MEN AND BOYS REMEMBERED
Incised capitals in Roman lettering, painted gold on black marble plaque beneath centre of wheel: WEST STANLEY COLLIERY / DISASTER MEMORIAL / 16th February 1909 / DURHAM MINER'S ASSOCIATION / WEST STANLEY LODGE / UNVEILED ON 16TH FEBRUARY 1995 / BY KEVIN KEEGAN O.B.E. / GRANDSON OF FRANK KEEGAN ONE OF THE RESCUERS / IN REMEMBRANCE OF THOSE WHO DIED / IN THE PIT DISASTER / In upper case italics: FAREWELL, FAREWELL, NO TONGUE CAN TELL / HOW BRAVE , HOW TRUE, WERE THOSE WHO FELL / WE KNOW YOU DID YOUR DUTY WELL / YOU HEROES OF THE MINE.
Small plaque on east wall in gold lettering: THIS MEMORIAL IS ALSO / DEDICATED TO ALL MINERS / AND THEIR COMMUNITIES.
Small plaque on west wall, incised in Roman gold lettering: THIS PROJECT WAS / DESIGNED-BUILT BY / DERWENTSIDE DISTRICT COUNCIL / D.S.O. / 1995
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