A memorial garden to remember pitmen who lost their lives and those who worked in the mining industry has been officially opened near Wakefield today.
Residents from former mining communities were at the ceremony at the National Coal Mining Museum.
The centrepiece is a steel artwork called 'Lives Lived, Lives Lost', which holds coloured discs containing the names of miners and their colliery.
It is hoped the garden will remind future generations of what mining meant to our region.
Hundreds of people attened the opening this afternoon a Miners' Memorial Garden at the National Coal Mining Museum near Wakefield.
The Garden celebrates and commemorates the lives of those who were part of the industry, including the close-knit families and communities who supported the miners.
The Memorial Garden was officially opened by the Museum's Chair and former Wakefield MP, David Hinchcliffe.
The centrepiece of the Garden is a steel artwork called 'Lives Lived Lives Lost', which will hold personal coal mining memories in the form of symbolic glass checks, held within the steel frame.
An underground memorial service is being held for 34 men who were killed in a mining tragedy in West Yorkshire 140 years ago.
The men died in a sudden explosion at Morley Main Colliery in 1872.
The service will be held at the coalface at the National Coal Mining Museum.
As part of the torch relay the flame was taken down a mine at the National Mining Museum in Overton near Wakefield.