Don Valley MP Caroline Flint and Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton joined miners’ families and NUM officials for the annual Miners’ Memorial Service, held this year at the Doncaster Minster.
The gathering heard readings by former miner Ian Lavery MP and Chris Skidmore Chair of the NUM Yorkshire Area followed by a dramatic performance from Yew Tree Theatre Group about the 1931 Bentley pit disaster, which took the lives of 45 miners. The Dodworth Colliery Brass band played music and accompanied the hymns.
The service ended with a laying of wreaths in memory of those who lost their lives in the service of the mining industry.
Said Caroline: “This was a very moving service as we thanked those who have worked in the mining industry, and remembered those killed during more than a century mining in Yorkshire. The Dodsworth Colliery Brass band sounded magnificent in the setting of the Minster. There are 150,000 people alive today who are associated with the coal industry. We will always remember their part in the challenges facing our great nation in times of peace and war.”
Said Rosie Winterton: “The Minster is an extraordinary setting for a beautiful service. We should never forget the sacrifice of people who went to work in one of our vital industries and did not come home. Likewise, we will always be grateful to those who worked hard for decades, many of whom carried illnesses and injuries for the rest of their lives from our mining industry.”