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Last Updated: Friday, 4 March, 2005, 20:18 GMT
Ceremony to remember dead miners
More than 100 miners killed in an underground explosion 96 years ago are to be remembered on Saturday.

Many of the 168 victims of the 1909 County Durham West Stanley Pit disaster lie in unmarked trenches and graves in St Andrew's Church.

But following a public appeal, 6,000 was raised to buy a 9ft granite memorial stone engraved with the names of 118 of the victims.

The Bishop of Jarrow will dedicate the stone after a church service at noon.

Bob Drake, member of the Stanley Memorial Committee which raised the money, said the memorial was a fitting tribute to those who died.

Music will be played by the Reg Vardy Brass Band inside St Andrew's Church at 1130 GMT on Saturday.


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