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A memorial service has taken place today to mark forty years since a pit disaster which claimed the lives of eighteen men in north Derbyshire.
Relatives and colleagues gathered at the site of pit shaft three of Markham Colliery to unveil a commemorative stone. It was there four decades ago that a brake on a cage lowering them to the coalface failed. Here's Martin Fisher.
The first two figures in a memorial to miners who lost their lives down a Derbyshire pit have been unveiled during an event to mark the 40th anniversary of one of the county's worst mining tragedies.
Eighteen miners died and 11 others suffered serious injury when the mechanical brake on a lift carrying them to the coalface failed at Markham Colliery on July 30, 1973.
It was the third disaster at the colliery, following accidents in 1937 and 1838, with a combined total of 106 miners losing their lives.
A photographer who worked during the Markham mining tragedy has told ITV Calendar of his memories.
This photograph shows the cage at the foot of the No. 3 shaft after the Markham Colliery tragedy. The lowest deck had been badly crushed when it hit the bottom of the shaft.
A Derbyshire Colliery, where 106 miners died in three separate tragedies, is to have the first part of a memorial unveiled in a ceremony today.
Forty years on from the last disaster, in which 18 people died and 11 others were injured, Derbyshire County Council, Staveley Town Council and Alkane Energy have organised a service to honour the miners who died.
There will also be a commemorative artwork called ‘Walking Together’, installed to symbolise the miners’ journey down to the coalface.
A memorial marking the 40th anniversary of one of Derbyshire’s worst mining tragedies will be unveiled today.
Eighteen miners died and 11 were seriously injured when the brakes on the lift that was carrying them down to the coalface at Markham Colliery failed.
The site of the old colliery is currently part of an on-going regeneration scheme, but the new occupants of the land have made space for a commemorative stone, which will be revealed later.
In total, 106 miners died at the mine, in three separate tragedies.