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Sculpture celebrates centenary of quarrying

Locals and visitors to Buxton's Ashwood Park may have spotted a new face in recent weeks - and the project partners are proud to officially introduce Jack the Quarryman.

Jack, a large wooden sculpture, was commissioned by Tarmac to celebrate many years of quarrying in the town and, thanks to High Peak Borough Council and Buxton Town Team, has made his home in the much improved park on one of the key routes into Buxton.

The partners joined Jack in Ashwood Park for his formal unveiling.

Speaking at the ceremony, High Peak Mayor, Councillor Matthew Stone, said: "Three years ago this park was a hidden gem, cared for but a bit overgrown and needing some extra care and attention. The Town Team took on the challenge and, in partnership with the Council's parks team, have transformed the space.

"Many more people now enjoy Ashwood Park and, with Tarmac's generous installation of this very special sculpture, we see yet more progress. I'd like to thank Tarmac for presenting this wonderful sculpture - which will remind us all of the importance of the work done by quarry workers - and thanks also to Percival Funeral Directors for inscribing and donating the commemorative plaque."

Jack was officially unveiled by Tarmac's Graham Cooper who said: "The idea for this sculpture came from Viv Russell, director at Tarmac and a member of the quarrying industry for over 40 years.

"The role of quarrying in this area cannot be underestimated and this sculpture is a fitting tribute to all the men and women who have served the industry past, present and future. Tarmac is delighted to present it to the town."