Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Edlington Colliery miners remembered at special service

Children at service
Image caption Children from the local primary school were among those who took part in the remembrance service

One hundred and thirty three miners who died in fatal accidents while working at a colliery in South Yorkshire have been remembered at a special service.

During the event, near the former site of Edlington Colliery, a plaque was unveiled with the names of all miners who died there between 1909 and 1985.

A memorial garden containing a commemorative statue was also opened by the Bishop of Doncaster, Peter Burrows.

The event was a "poignant occasion" for the whole community, the Bishop said.

"It's a stark reminder of the many dangers they faced but also an opportunity to give thanks for their lives and work," he said.

"It's a privilege to be asked to join the community for this memorial, and I continue to hold them and all those who continue to work in the few mines that are left in my thoughts and prayers."

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