PAINTERS have been abseiling up and down the pit winding gear at Barnsley Main all week as part of a project to keep a piece of Barnsley’s heritage alive.

The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP) awarded £68,500 towards improvements at Barnsley Main Colliery.

The winding gear is receiving a lick of paint for the first time in 20 years, and a pop-up container museum will showcase the history of the site as part of the project.

Coun Wayne Johnson is one of several councillors to support Barnsley Main Heritage Group (BMHG), which helps look after the site.

“Lots of ex-miners have complimented the heritage group on what they do and how they’ve looked after the site,” he said.

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“When everything is fully finished it will look incredible. It’s great we have something like this dedicated to the mining industry.”