Markham Vale Walking Together
NT Killingley were at Markham Vale for the unveiling of 7 more of the Walking Together figures that the Soft Landscaping department installed earlier this week.
The life-size steel structures are to commemorate the lives of seven more miners who died in the Markham Colliery disaster of 1938. So far, 27 life-size steel figures have been installed at Markham Vale to remember miners who lost their lives down the pit.
The Walking Together memorial has been designed by Cheshire-based Artist Stephen Broadbent. It symbolises a miner's journey to the pit and back home again. The seven figures were put in place thanks to generous donations from the Duke of Devonshire's trust fund and other contributors.
The Duke of Devonshire was in attendance to officially present them to the local community and was joined by local school children who laid flowers in memory of those who lost their lives in the disaster on Tuesday, May 10, 1938 – The Walking Together Figures commemorate the lives of Herbert Hargreaves, 49, and his two sons Herbert Junior, 27, and Leslie, 23; Albert Ernest Rodgers, 19; Robert Henry Wood, 22; Robert Simms, 56, and Arthur Henson, 45.
About Markham Vale
The former colliery area has now been reclaimed and is home to Derbyshire Country Council and Henry Boots Markham Vale regeneration scheme which is working to create 5,000 jobs on site for local people.
Located in the heart of the UK’s motorway network, between Sheffield and Nottingham. The park has immediate access to the M1 motorway via a dedicated new junction, J29A, making it one of the UK’s premier logistics location.