Our sculpture represents an important part of Ryhope's history. Ryhope Colliery was at the heart of the community and formed the identity of this seaside village. The colliery closed 50 years ago this year and we felt it was right to commemorate this event with a tribute to our mining past.

The school logo situates our children at the heart of their community. We hope that this new generation will go on to shape a positive future for Ryhope.

We have called our sculpture Nixon to celebrate a much loved teacher who has lived and worked in Ryhope all his life.

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Please note; this Snowdog was removed from the trail

Created by:
Ryhope Junior School

National Glass Centre, Sunderland



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