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Kellingley train to be commemorated at mining museum

A commemorative headboard from the final train to leave Kellingley Coillery will be donated to the National Mining Museum in Wakefield today.

Sunrise on the last day of production at Kellingley Colliery Credit: Ian Castledine

The pit closed last December, bringing an end to the deep-coal mining industry in the UK.


Miners memorial to open in Maltby

The Garden will celebrate and commemorate the lives of those who were part of the industry

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is set to open a Miners’ Memorial today.

The Garden will celebrate and commemorate the lives of those who were part of the industry, including the close-knit families and communities who supported the miners.

The garden opening will feature a live performance from the Maltby Miners Welfare Band at 1:45pm.

Mining officials call for more help in former pit areas

Miners' union officials headed to London today ahead of a Commons debate tomorrow when it is expected there will be calls for greater help for rundown former pit communities.

An image from inside a coal mine Credit: PA

Some officials left the NUM headquarters in Barnsley this morning. They will be joined by others from Yorkshire and Durham who're planning to hold a demonstration outside the Commons as MPs debate the issue.

The campaigners also want an apology from Ministers following the release of secret Cabinet papers which revealed the extent of Conservative plans for wide-scale pit closures in the 1980s.

Unearthed: pictures give rare insight into the pits

A Yorkshire photographer has captured life underground at one of the region's last working pits.

Ian Beesley from Bradford has dedicated his 25-year career to photographing the demise of the industry and has provided a rare insight into the unseen graft of a coal miner.

His pictures will be exhibited at the Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills from today to March 30. Kate Walby has more:


Video: Memorial following pit disaster in Derbyshire

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.

Memorial unveiled at Markham ceremony

A stone is unveiled for the Markham memorial
Wreaths are laid at the service

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.

Photographer recalls Markham tragedy

A photographer who worked during the Markham mining tragedy has told ITV Calendar of his memories.

"As Area Photographer for the NCB (British Coal), I received a telephone call on the morning of 30th July 1973, asking me to go to Markham Colliery, as there had been a serious accident underground. (Specialist photographic equipment was always required to take photographs underground).

"On my arrival at No. 3 shaft, it was obvious that a major incident had occurred; the roof of the winding engine house was badly damaged, a gaping hole was plain to see. I was asked to join a group of people going below ground - to get there we all collected at the adjacent shaft top to descend into the mine.

"Being aware that the accident had involved the fall of a cage carrying men down the No 3 shaft, climbing into the cage to enter this adjacent shaft gave us all a rather strange, nervous feeling!

"Imagine the heightened worries when the operating signals to lower us into the mine did not work, and we were all asked to leave the cage whilst the signals were checked out! This took only minutes, and we once again entered the cage to descend to the site of the accident.

"By this time of course, the work of the mines rescue team had been completed, and all the casualties had been removed to hospital. As I recall, the cage at the bottom of the shaft consisted of three decks, and the lowest deck had been badly crushed when it hit the bottom of the shaft.

"Other photographs were taken on the surface of the colliery, showing the damage to the winding house, and photos inside the house were used in the inquiry that followed."

– Paul Horswill
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