Night out exploring the local area with another landmark statue from the artist Ray Lonsdale , I came across this local land mark called “And The Village Remains: The Last Tub” dedicated to the miners based in the South Hetton Colliery area where the local pit was closed in the 1980’s, this former mining village in the Easington District of County Durham, in England. It is situated about 6 miles to the east of Durham and 9 miles to the south of Sunderland.
The statue also bears the names of those who worked at the mine and sculptor Ray Lonsdale, engraved it with a poem dedicated to all those who lived and worked as part of the South Hetton Colliery community. (taken from Sunderland Echo)
In it he said:
“Long gone the shaft, the tub, the face
“Long gone the black coal stains.
“Wiped our hands, turned off the lamps,
“But the village still remains.”
Read more at: https://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/former-mining-community-honoured-with-new-ray-lonsdale-statue-1-8272588