Anti-Thatcher alternative memorial cancelled

8 September 2012.....    Former miner Harry Malkin who designed and made the Allerton Bywater Colliery Miners Memorial at the dedication ceremony.
8 September 2012..... Former miner Harry Malkin who designed and made the Allerton Bywater Colliery Miners Memorial at the dedication ceremony.

An alternative memorial service planned to take place at Allerton Bywater miners’ memorial to coincide with the funeral of Margaret Thatcher has been cancelled.

Artist Harry Malkin had organised the event, for those who disagreed with Baroness Thatcher’s views, but members of the committee which built the memorial have asked him to call off the event.

He said: “They don’t want to get into the firing line between any pro and anti-Thatcher debate, so I will respect their wishes.”