MP’s tribute to mining group

BLYTH Valley MP Ronnie Campbell has paid tribute to the ‘Goddess of the North’.

He tabled a Commons motion congratulating Banks Mining on its recent award as Surface Miner of the Year.

He said it was well deserved because of its environmental performance and site management.

And a prime example was its “wonderful creation” of Northumberlandia, set to be the world’s biggest earth sculpture at 400 metres long.

“It will attract thousands of visitors,” he said.

The £2.5m sculpture of a naked reclining woman is the brainchild of US landscape artist Charles Jencks.

It is being created from 1.5 million tonnes of material excavated from the Shotton opencast mine near Cramlington.