FP100: No. 34

The Prop
The Prop

The Prop

Lochgelly’s mining heritage is immortalised in a larger than life bronze statue that lies in the Town Square.

The statue of a miner is depicted supporting six steel columns.

Unveiled in 2008 as part of the Lochgelly Regeneration Project, ‘The Prop’ statue was created by Fife-based sculptor David Annand.

Each one of the six columns, intended to represent pit props, is inscribed with a line of text in old Scots.

When read together they form the poem ‘God the Miner’, which was written by local poet and English teacher William Hershaw.

Speaking at the unveiling of the centrepiece, David Annand said that the miner was designed to look like he was made of coal, although in actual fact he is made of bronze.

And the Kilmany sculptor designed him to look cracked and fractured like a coal seam.