A MEMORIAL to those who worked at Llay Main Colliery is to be officially dedicated at the start of next month.
A refurbished colliery winding wheel, originally from Point of Ayr Colliery, was installed at Llay Miners’ Welfare Institute on October 16.
The wheel has pride of place outside the building and is to commemorate Llay Main Colliery, which was active between 1922 and 1966 and at one time was the deepest in Europe and the largest in Wales.
The official opening and dedication of the wheel will take place on December 5 at 2pm.
The Llay Welfare Band will play and Canon David Griffiths – a former Llay miner – will lead the dedication.
Two schoolchildren from Park CP School, Llay, will unveil the information plaque in front of the wheel, one pupil representing the village children of today, the other representing future generations.
The climax of the opening ceremony will be the cutting of the blue and yellow ribbon, in the colours of Llay Miners’ Heritage Centre and Llai Local History Society, around the wheel.
The ribbon will be cut by Menna Jones – whose father, Owen Hughes, was killed at Llay Main Colliery in 1959 – on behalf of the families and children of miners who died in tragic circumstances at the colliery.
There will follow a programme of events inside the Institute, including a presentation by Ted Mackay on behalf of all colliery rescue workers.
Mr Mackay, formerly the North Wales Miners’ agent, has made a wood carving of an event during the 1934 Gresford disaster depicting Parry Davies, captain of the Llay number two rescue team.
The caption in Welsh and English states “Don’t let us leave him” and Ted will tell the story behind his gift as he presents it to Malcolm Williams, chairman of Llay Miners’ Heritage Centre and a former rescue worker.
There will be a demonstration of mines rescue equipment and music from the Llay Welfare Band. The mining museum will be open and refreshments served.
Guests will include Mayor and Mayoress of Wrexham Ian and Hilary Roberts, representatives from the Llay community and former miners and their families.
Anybody is welcome to attend but but those wishing to do so are asked to contact Vic Tyler-Jones on 01244 677658 or email firstname.lastname@example.org