Memories of pit disaster

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MY father was in the Cadeby Pit disaster (February 17). I was very young when I was told the following account.

There was a sudden onrush of bad air and dust. A deputy came up and told them to get to the pit bottom as quick as possible (about half a mile) as there had been an accident. It was only when they reached the surface they realised there had been an explosion. The pit accident buzzer was sounding and women were gathering from Denaby.

His worst memory was having to walk past the weeping women on his way to his lodgings in Conisbrough.

He didn’t go back to Cadeby but worked at Maltby for a short time, then to at Yorkshire Main at Edlington until the 1940s when he left because of failing eyesight.

He died in 1981 aged 94.

Cyril Faulkner, Sheffield S13