Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Century on, Bell to Toll for Pit Dead; Events Mark Tragedy That Killed 168

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Century on, Bell to Toll for Pit Dead; Events Mark Tragedy That Killed 168

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Byline: Neil McKay

A CHURCH bell will toll 168 times to mark the 100th anniversary of one of region's worst coal mining disasters.

A service will take place 100 years to the moment after the explosion ripped through West Stanley Colliery, in County Durham, on February, 16, 1909.

Two events have been organised to commemorate the lives of the 168 men and boys who perished in the tragedy.

On Monday, February 16, a service will be held at the site of the tragedy.

Derwentside District Council has organised the service of commemoration, at 3.15pm, next to the pit wheel memorial to the dead, near to the King's Head playing fields in the town.

The memorial, which was opened in 1995 by former Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan, whose grandfather, Frank, was one of more than 30 men who survived the blast and risked his life by going to help others escape, has been refurbished and restored by the council over the past few months.

A marquee is being put up over the memorial, which will be open sided to let as many people as possible take part. …

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