On 22 September eleven new life-sized steel figures were unveiled at Markham Vale to remember the 106 miners who lost their lives in the three major disasters which took place at the Derbyshire pit in 1937, 38 and 73.
The figures are part of ‘Walking Together’ a trail of what will be 106 sculptural figures who will walk from the village of Duckmanton to the former Markham Colliery pit head. The artwork has been designed by artist Stephen Broadbent and is managed by Beam on behalf of Derbyshire County Council. The Walking Together project is supported by a community working group of mining families, local historians and community members with many of the figures to date being sponsored by local families, businesses and contractors.
Figures are installed in small groups as and when funding is secured, with 19 figures in place so far and another cluster planned for early 2017.