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Big Pit is a former working coal mine set in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Source: Big Pit: National Coal Museum
A FINANCIAL boost from a Torfaen town council will help the organisation and operation of a festival celebrating Blaenavon’s UNESCO World Heritage status.
Blaenavon Town Council has helped offset the significant costs of staging this year’s World Heritage Day by donating £10,000 towards the festival on Saturday, June 30.
The annual event is a celebration of the town and its place in world history with music and dance, stalls, arts and crafts and a popular heritage costume parade.
In 2017, it cost more than £17,500 to put on, most of which was raised by the voluntary World Heritage Day committee, together with support from a range of other organisations including an annual donation from Torfaen County Borough Council.
“Our aim is to try to make each year better than the previous one, so we invariably have to try to be innovative in how we raise and spend money,” said Cllr Gareth Davies, the chair of the committee.
“Without the grant from the town council, we would struggle to survive, so we’re extremely grateful for their very generous contribution.
Nigel Winfield, 62, from Torfaen, has put up eight road signs after his quiet cul-de-sac was flooded with tourists trying to find the Big Pit coalmine in Blaenavon, South Wales.
Big Pit in Blaenavon celebrates 30 years as an industrial museum in April 2013. Take a look back at some archive photographs of the coal mine.