THE oldest living Maltby miner cut the ribbon as the village’s memorial to its pit heritage was unveiled following six years’ hard work.
Harry Dickinson (93) worked at the colliery for 40-plus years and still lives in Maltby.
Daughter Christine Millward said: “He was very pleased to be asked to do the honours. He always says he enjoyed his time at the pit, all the camaraderie.
“He had a lovely day at the weekend. Everyone was so kind to him.”
Lord Scarbrough, who has backed the project, attended on Saturday along with dignitaries from RMBC and Maltby Town Council.
Bill Spilsbury, chairman of Maltby Miners Memorial Community Group, said: “What a fantastic day... the culmination of six years’ hard work by a variety of people.
“There were those that doubted it would ever be completed. One person actually said that the plans were too ambitious. I think we have proved them wrong.
“There are so many people to thank, too many to list, but please be assured that we know who you are and we are truly indebted to you all.”
He added: “I must mention Harry Dickinson. He looked as smart as a guardsman and gave the impression that he was so proud to cut the ribbon.”
Mr Spilsbury also thanked Maltby residents for supporting the project to build the memorial, which is on High Street outside the leisure centre, opposite the Don John.