The company’s Crown Trade business set the wheels in motion when former miner and pit enthusiast Keith Meeson contacted them about a new focal point he wanted to install at Apedale Heritage Museum, which is located on the site of a former colliery at Apedale County Park near Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire.
The museum celebrates the mining heritage of the area and Keith, who set up the visitor attraction, recently acquired a 150-year-old pit-head wheel which he wanted to use on the site as an eye-catching monument.
But the 19-foot wide wheel—bought for just GBP 100—was covered in rust and peeling paint and after speaking to a local paint company, Keith was put in touch with Crown Trade, who he described as being “brilliant in every way and very easy to work with.” He added: “It took just one phone call to Crown Trade and the paint was sorted.”
Samples of the original blue paint were sent to Crown Trade to create an exact color match and products from their high performance coatings range were mixed to the specified National Coal Board color.
The massive seven ton wheel—which used to belong to a Nottingham colliery—has been placed on a specially-constructed stand and now dominates the skyline at Apedale, which is home tothe last mine in North Staffordshire where visitors can still go underground to see a seam of coal.
(Released: September 10, 2003)