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Kellingley miner remembered in church service

Service at st Botolph's, Knottingley
Image caption Mr Gibson was remembered at a service dedicated to his memory in St Botolph's, Knottingley

A church service has been dedicated to the memory of a miner who died at Kellingley Colliery, North Yorkshire.

Sunday's service at St Botolph's in Knottingley, West Yorkshire, was in memory of Gerry Gibson, who died in an accident at the pit on Tuesday.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said the current investigation at the pit had concluded.

An inquest into Mr Gibson's death is due to be opened and adjourned on Monday at Selby Magistrates' Court.

A two-minute silence was held for Mr Gibson, of Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire, in a memorial ceremony on Friday.

'Very moving'

The ceremony, at the memorial garden at Kellingley Colliery, was held to mark the anniversary of the death of Don Cook, who died in a rock fall in 2008.

National Union of Mineworkers General Secretary Chris Kitchen said Sunday's service had been "very moving".

"It brought it home to everybody the events of this week," he said.

"It was to celebrate the good things. You've worked with these men and there are many happy memories.

"This gives us chance to reflect on that and not just the downside."

Meanwhile, pit owner UK Coal appeared in court in connection with another man's death at Kellingley in 2009. The case was adjourned until 24 October.

The company appeared at Pontefract Magistrates' Court on Friday, charged with health and safety breaches after the death of miner Ian Cameron in October 2009. Worcester-based mining equipment firm, Joy Mining Machinery Ltd, was also in court to face similar charges.

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