Jake's mother, Natalie Taylor, declared the ward open, supported by friends of Jake's from the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment.
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It is the third year friends Jamima Latimer and Sonya Moorhead have taken part and have raised thousands of pounds in the process.
The forty portraits were created to commemorate the lives of those working in the pits.
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