Mining heritage trail opens at Lofthouse Colliery Nature Park

Lofthouse Colliery during the 1980s

Lofthouse Colliery during the 1980s

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A new heritage trail celebrating the history of coal mining will open to the public today (Saturday0.

The lottery-funded project has been created at Lofthouse Colliery Nature Park - the site of two former pit shafts.

Visitors will be able to download a free app onto their smartphone from special information panels and listen to miners talk about their life underground.

The trail also includes a memorial to those who have lost their lives while working on the coal face.

An open day startsat 10am will see ex-miners, children and a brass band march into the nature park to mark its opening. Families can join in by meeting at the pit wheel on Potovens Lane at 9.45am.

The trail has been produced by Wakefield Council, Outwood Community Video Group and Lofthouse Colliery Action Group thanks to a £47,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.