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Special service marks 50th anniversary of mine closures

Candles at St Helen's Church for the special service Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A special service will be held today to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of ironstone mining in Cleveland.

At its peak there were 83 iron ore mines employing more than 40,000 men. By the late 1950s only seven remained and in 1964 the last one closed down. The service at 3.00pm in St Helen's Parish Church in Carlin How will celebrate this important part of Cleveland's industrial heritage.