The crowd assembling for the opening of the new building, 31st August

Above: The crowd assembles around Black Tom ready for the opening of the new building.
(Picture: Kelvin Lake - I.A.Recordings)

The opening ceremony, 31st August

Above and below: After various speeches, Mrs. Peggy Chidley was invited up to cut the ribbon and open the building.
(Pictures: Kelvin Lake - I.A.Recordings)

The opening ceremony, 31st August

Black Tom Jig and Washing Drum
During June and July 2013 the restored jig and drum (rebuilt by Barry Ellis) were placed alongside Black Tom shaft at Snailbeach. The arrangement now looks much as it did in the 1940s-60s.

In August 2013 a cover building was erected over the jigs, sponsored by the Ludlow Town Walls Trust and constructed by volunteers. The building was completed just in time for an "Official" opening ceremony on the 31st, when local resident Mrs. Chidley cut the ribbon.

Harz jigs and washing drum on their new site.
 
Above: Harz jigs and washing drum relocated to their new site near Black Tom shaft in June 2013.
(Picture: Ivor Brown)

The completed set-up inside the new building, 31st August

Above: The completed set-up inside the new building on the 31st August.
(Picture: Kelvin Lake - I.A.Recordings)