The book launched to mark the 100th anniversary of the Rossington Pit opening is a compilation of pictures, memories and reports about the colliery and the people that brought it to life.
John Adam, author and Rossington History Group member commented: “It took fifteen months from research to publishing and is an anthology of old newspaper reports and the memoirs of local characters. It covers the growth of the community in line with the colliery and how that has shaped the Rossington we know today.”
John’s own personal experiences, and in particular the tragic loss of his father in the 1952 colliery accident, also played a part in the research regarding the impact of the pit on the village and villagers.
“The Rossington History Group thought it important we mark the centenary of the colliery and what better way than to dedicate a book to its memory. We are extremely grateful to RecyCoal for supporting us and ensuring the book is published for others to enjoy.
“Rather than let the site lay dormant the plans RecyCoal have for Rossington Colliery are a great step in the right direction for regeneration of the neighbourhood and the re-development of the community as a whole,” said John.
David Stafford, sales and marketing manager for RecyCoal commented: “The history of the site is very important especially when it has a connection with so many people still living in the locality. The book by John marking Rossington’s centenary is a tremendous testament to those that lived their life and in some cases gave their life, to the working of the colliery.
“When developing plans for former colliery sites we take into consideration the views of the local residents. We are particularly looking forward to creating a landscape the residents of Rossington and surrounding areas can enjoy for years to come.”
RecyCoal will clean up over 13 million tonnes of colliery spoil and recover 950,000 tonnes of coal over four years for electricity generation.
Restoration of the site will form a valuable part of local public open space providing opportunities for nature conservation and public recreation. A variety of natural habitats will be created. Woodland areas will cover approximately 29 ha with the planting of over 70,000 trees. Grasslands will cover 49.5 ha and wetlands will occupy around 9 ha.
Other benefits of the scheme include a memorial garden, an area for allotments for local people and land that will revert to agricultural use. In order to allow access for public recreation 7 km of footpaths and bridleways will be created across the site.
The book, Rossington 1912 to 2012, is available for £4 from the group, or by calling Rossington History Group secretary Roy Venables on 01302 340403.
The group meets every Wednesday from 10am to midday at the Parish Memorial Hall in McConnell Crescent and new members are welcome.
For further information about RecyCoal visit http://www.recycoal.com
Note to editors:
RecyCoal is the UK’s leading waste coal recovery company. RecyCoal has 30 years of experience of operating a unique coal recovery, land reclamation and remediation business, which has returned many former colliery tips to beneficial amenity and employment uses.
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