Catherine Atkinson, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Erewash, has launched a campaign for a new monument to Stanton workers, with backing from actor Robert Lindsay and a Labour Shadow Minister. She aims to raise awareness of the idea ahead of a Council planning meeting on the proposed redevelopment of the Stanton ironworks site which takes place on Wednesday 25th of February.
Leaflets are going out across Erewash, asking residents if they would support the idea of a statue or monument on the site to commemorate workers, and asking for views on what it should look like.
On the leaflet, Ilkeston born actor Robert Lindsay says "I am supporting the campaign for a monument to the workers of Stanton on the site of the ironworks. The ironworks took their toll on members of my family as they did on many others. There was danger, heat and noise but above all there was comradeship. This should be commemorates for future generations."
Other supporters on the leaflet include Stephen Flinders & Danny Corns - authors of the book 'Stanton Gone But Not Forgotten', and leader of the Erewash Labour Councillors Alex Phillips.
Commenting today, Catherine said "Whenever we talk about regenerating the ironworks site, the way its history will be preserved should always be on the agenda. Stanton's story must be heard by future generations, to remind them that this area's people are a match for anyone."
Labour Shadow Minister Helen Goodman MP was in Erewash today to launch the campaign.
Helen Goodman's grandfather worked on the Stanton site, she said: “My grandfather and his brothers and cousins worked at Stanton. It was a hard life. He used to get up at 5 in the morning but he was so proud you could find Stanton ironwork in streets across Europe."
Catherine is asking people interested in the project to contact her with their views and ideas.