Fitting tribute to fallen miners at memorial event

MP Rosie Winterton
MP Rosie Winterton
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The names and ages of all 87 miners who died at a Doncaster colliery will be read out at a memorial ceremony on Sunday.

The men died at Markham Main pit between 1920 and 1996, when it closed.

The service will take place at the Miners Memorial Garden on Church Street in Armthorpe on Sunday September 7 from noon.

Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton will speak at the service, as will Doncaster’s mayor, Ros Jones.

Rosie said: “Doncaster has a proud mining legacy. Collieries such as Markham Main were the heartbeat of our communities and many people in this area will have had a family member, or will have known someone, who worked at one of the many pits.

“Unfortunately mining was an unpredictable industry and sometimes there were terrible tragedies. It is important that we remember and pay tribute to those who died at Markham Main and the families they left behind.”

The names will be read out at the event, organised by Armthorpe’s Memorial Group, by people who have a connection to the mine.

The Markham Main band will play at the event.