Tyne & Wear

Hartley pit disaster: Memorial path unveiled

A commemorative path featuring the names and ages of those killed in the Hartley pit disaster has been unveiled during a memorial service.

The disaster claimed the lives of 204 men and boys, some as young as 10, in Northumberland in January 1862.

Workers became trapped when a beam crashed and blocked the shaft.

Clive Raper, chair of New Hartley Community Association, said descendents of some of the victims were "overwhelmed" by the service.

He said more than 100 people paid their respects at the service earlier.

The path also includes verses chosen by local schools and community groups.

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