Dave has hit out at vandals who have little respect for the area’s history.
A memorial at the site of old ‘bell pit’ workings in Lottie’s Wood, unveiled by Dave just last October, has been vandalised, with stones removed, the seating damaged and coal used as missiles.
“This is really sad news and totally unacceptable. The marking of this site was a great tribute to the brave people who worked the mines in the past and a wonderful project for the whole community. I would urge anyone who has any knowledge of the perpetrators to inform the police.”
Bell pits were an early form of coal mining and a full history of the Lottie’s Woods bell pits can be read at the website of the Sunniside Local History Society.