Wakefield: Ex-miners and children open pit heritage trail

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Ex-miners were joined by schoolchildren in a march to open a new heritage trail around a former pit in Wakefield.

Lofthouse Colliery Nature Park’s new heritage trail opened on Saturday, with the ex-miners carrying pit banners and accompanied by a brass band. School children also carried home-made banners as they marched from the pit wheel on Potovens Lane into the park. Wakefield Council has worked with Outwood Community Video Group and Lofthouse Colliery Action Group to create the trail, thanks to £47,000 of Heritage Lottery funding.

Visitors can now learn about the pit from new information panels as well as see the location of the two pit shafts and a new memorial structure. People with smartphones can also download a free app from the council website, and listen to miners who worked there talking about life down the pit. Lofthouse Colliery Action Group worked hard to improve the park, removing vegetation to allow visitors to find the old shaft sites, and installing the new memorial structure.

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