The Dedication of the Mining Memorial, Hednesford, 28th April 2012

Dedication of the Mining Memorial, Hednesford, 28th April 2012

3.00 pm Saturday 28th April 2012 saw the Dedication of the extension to the Miners’ Memorial in Hednesford Town Centre.  The Committee of the Chase Arts for Public Spaces  (CHAPS) had achieved the culmination of this project, some six years following the original Memorial.

For the Memorial extension, inscribed bricks were again used, but this time laid flat around the flower beds.

The individual pits were also commemorated in concrete blocks set in the block paving.

Before the Ceremony started, the Rugeley Power Station Band kept the crowd entertained with some lively music, very much appreciated.

The welcome and introduction to the ceremony was delivered by Dr. Tony Wright, Chairman of CHAPS 2003 – 2010, after which he introduced the Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch BA, Hons. DCL, Bishop of Manchester to lead the Service of Dedication.

Following the first Hymn and a Bible Reading, the Bishop Dedicated the Memorial.

Following the Dedication, a beautiful and moving poem – “A tribute to the Miners of the Cannock Chase Coalfield” – written and read by Julie Squires.

Music next, from the Cannock Chase Orpheus Male Choir.

Then came the final Hymn, the Blessing from thr Bishop and closing words and thanks from Dr. Tony Wright.

An excellent Ceremony, attended by a large crowd – exceptional considering the cold weather, but at least it stayed dry.

2 responses to “The Dedication of the Mining Memorial, Hednesford, 28th April 2012

  1. A wonderful report on a wonderful occasion – thank you!
    There have been so many positive comments from those who attended, proving how worthwhile this project is. The book ‘A Lasting tribute’ is selling well and still available from 07866 526105
    Mike Mellor, CHAPS

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