Stanton monument campaign launched

Ilkeston-born actor Robert Lindsay has supported a campaign for a new monument to pay tribute to Stanton workers.

The campaign has been launched by Catherine Atkinson, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Erewash.

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.

Robert Lindsay said: “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 commemorated for future generations.”

Catherine is asking people interested in the project to contact her with their views and ideas. She aims to raise awareness of the idea ahead of an Erewash Borough Council planning meeting on the proposed redevelopment of the Stanton ironworks site which takes place on February 25.

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 visited Erewash to launch the campaign. Her 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 5am but he was so proud - you could find Stanton ironwork in streets across Europe”.