Special service for pit deaths

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FORMER miners will gather in Armthorpe, Doncaster, today (Sunday, September 9, 2012) to remember the men and boys who were killed at the local pit during its 76-year history.

The first of what will become an annual commemorative service for Markham Main Colliery will take place at noon at the Miners’ Memorial Garden next to Armthorpe Community Centre in Church Street.

Local councillor Tony Corden said: “This is the first one of what we hope will be an annual event to commemorate the miners who lost their lives during the lifetime of the pit, from 1920-96.”

There were a total of 87 fatalities at the colliery, the youngest being just 15.

All their names will be read out by six people connected to the pit, and wreaths will be laid.