Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Angel Awards - Attraction makes awards shortlist (Bestwood)

A NOTTS attraction has been shortlisted for a heritage award.

The Bestwood Winding Engine House – the last remaining part of the old Bestwood Colliery which closed in the late 1960s – is one of 16 projects nationwide to be nominated in the Best Rescue of an Industrial Building or Site category of the English Heritage Angel Awards.

It has also been accredited under the Places of Interest Quality Assurance Scheme.

The award was officially handed over last week by the Chairman of Notts County Council councillor Keith Walker and the cabinet member for culture and community, councillor John Cottee.

Mr Cottee said the engine house provided "a fascinating insight into Nottinghamshire's mining heritage" and was "fully deserving of these accolades".

He said: "Both the accreditation and award nomination are testament to the hard work, dedication and knowledge of the volunteers at the Engine House who make visitors' experience so interesting.

"It's with great pride that I have seen Winding Engine House transformed from a derelict site to the impressive, fascinating insight into local history that it is today."

The Engine House is a community run tourist attraction in Bestwood Country Park, which is managed by local volunteers, supported by Notts County Council Park Rangers.

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