Councillors throw weight behind Ifton Colliery memorial


Staff reporter (Border Counties)

A project to mark the 50th anniversary of the closure of Ifton Colliery has received further support.

Members of Oswestry Town Council unanimously voiced their support for the initiative, which is seeking to bring a memorial to St Martins to remember pit workers.

It is hoped the sculpture will be in place by November 2018 to mark five decades since the colliery closed.

Councillor Cynthia Hawksley said: “This is a good idea and there will be a lot of people in Oswestry with links to it.”

Members had been asked by Councillor Sue Schofield, chairman of St Martins Parish Council for a letter of support and a possible future contribution to the project.

She also said she would be happy to speak to councillors about the scheme.

Councillor Vince Hunt added: “I think we should give a written letter of support now, but think about the contribution once the cost is known. They haven’t asked for anything yet, so let’s invite them to a meeting when the new council is formed in May and let them decide.”

Meanwhile, the project has received a cheque for £1,000 from Stan’s Superstore in St Martins. 

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