The Chairman of the Parish Council performed the official opening of the new sculpture at Whitehouse Lane on Monday 14th November at 11.00am. Local school children, community group representatives, unitary and parish councillors were among those attending. The project has finally come to fruition thanks to funding from the Local Members AAP budgets, the Parish Council and S106 monies from local developments at Cockhouse Lane and Whitehouse Lane. Local school children who were involved in the design process with Sculptor, Graeme Hopper earlier this year really loved the sculpture and were proud that they had had some input into the design. One young girl described the sculpture as ‘magnificent and enchanting’, which really struck a chord with those present. The Sculpture depicts the mining history of the area and the inclusion of poppies commemorates the centenary of the First World War and conflicts since. There is also a permanent fixing for an annual Christmas Tree so the local community can come together to celebrate the festive season.