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Memorial stone marks pit disaster

Memorial service
The stone was paid for by local donations

A memorial service has been held to mark one of the worst mining disasters in Nottinghamshire.

Fourteen men died when part of the pumping system collapsed down a shaft at Bilsthorpe Colliery on 1 March 1927.

A dedication service was held at St Margaret's Church in the town, attended by relatives of the victims.

Afterwards, a permanent memorial bearing the names of those who died was unveiled in the churchyard, near where some of the men are buried.

The accident happened as a new shaft was being sunk at the pit, which was seven miles from Mansfield.

Patricia Jennings, the niece of one of the victims, said: "It is not right that these men lay in an unmarked, anonymous, grave. They deserved a name.

"They weren't just miners, they were fathers, grandfathers, sons, brothers, husbands and the least we could do was carve their names in stone."

The stone was paid for by local donations.

The colliery finally closed in 1997.


Families attended the unveiling of a memorial to an accident at Bilsthorpe colliery

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