Today I attended the unveiling of the memorial to remember the last operational deep coal mine in North Wales and the hundreds of men who worked there.
The monument will remember the point of ayr colliery, which was opened in the 1880s but closed in 1996. The colliery once employed over 500 people. I believe that this memorial will be a lasting and poignant monument to the hundreds of miners who died as a result of coal related diseases during the pits lifespan.
The tireless work of the Mining and Village Heritage Group over the last three years has brought our community together. Not only have they been able to achieve a moving tribute to the past, they have strengthened the community for the future.