Mining tragedy memorial

A memorial marking the 40th anniversary of one of Derbyshire’s worst mining tragedies will be unveiled today.

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Colliery disaster site to have memorial revealed

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.

There are many great tales of camaraderie and lasting friendships formed down the mine, but there were also some instances of terrible tragedy where people went to work and never came back.

This memorial and our Walking Together artwork will ensure there are permanent reminders on site to the miners who lost their lives in the three Markham tragedies.

– Councillor Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council

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