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Weekly receives cash boost in bid to honour patch’s quarrying women

A weekly newspaper has received a major cash boost in its bid to commemorate the women who worked in one of its patch’s main industries.

The Institute of Quarrying has made a £500 donation to the Buxton Advertiser’s campaign to install a female quarry worker statue in the Derbyshire town.

HTFP reported in May how the Advertiser had launched a campaign to raise £4,000 for “a lasting tribute” to women who served the quarrying industry.

It was launched after ‘Jack’, a statue of a male lime worker in Buxton, was repaired after being vandalised.

Buxton Jack

The Institute’s donation brought the total raised to more than £2,400.

Advertiser editor Louise Cooper said: “Thank you to the Institute of Quarrying for this generous donation for our campaign.

“Quarrying continues to be a really important industry in the High Peak so to have the IQ involved in the campaign is fantastic.

“We’re really grateful to have had the support of local groups, local businesses and local residents for this fundraiser, which we believe is so important as a way of celebrating the history of our town and surrounding area.

“We’ve now surpassed the halfway mark but we’d love to push on even more and so if any other local businesses, residents or groups would like to support us, please do get in touch.”