Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, will be dropping in at the East Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum in Skinningrove this coming Saturday (1st February 2014) to meet former local ironstone miners and to hear a talk on the history of North Skelton Mine – the last Cleveland iron Mine which closed 50 years ago this month.
Tom was invited to attend the session by the Museum after he called on the Government to award the mine ‘National Status’ as a mark of respect for the 50th anniversary of the end of the Cleveland Ironstone Mining industry.
“I am delighted to be asked to attend and to meet the old miners, they are a living part of our local history and I know they will have many stories to tell. The North Skelton mine was one of the longest lived of the East Cleveland Pits as well as one of the most productive and the deepest. The mine and the community, has a story of human endeavour to tell too.
“I am also delighted to be supporting the work of the Museum – itself now a key part of East Cleveland’s tourist heritage. The museum has local support and I want to see it supported nationally too.”