Tin mined and smelted in the county is being used to create the bronze medals for this summer’s Olympic Games in London.
The tin was mined at South Crofty 14 years ago and smelted at Wheal Jane, near Redruth. It had been stored at Wheal Jane since the South Crofty mine closure in 1998 and was thought to be the only candidate to match the incredibly high levels of purity needed for medals that will grace the necks of the world’s finest athletes. This is a very emotional moment for Cornish miners since production of tin ceased in Cornwall some years ago. There are still hopes that the South Crofty Mine will reopen in the not-too-distant future. You can read all about it in The Western Morning News and see comments here.