Bell tolls 168 times for pit blast victims

The Northern Echo: TRIBUTE: The 100th anniversary of the West Stanley Colliery pit disaster yesterday, in Stanley

8:09am Tuesday 17th February 2009

HUNDREDS of people gathered yesterday to mark the centenary of one of the region’s deadliest pit disasters.

Hundreds mark 100th anniversary of disaster

The Northern Echo: STANDING ROOM ONLY: Some of the 350 people who filled the church for the service

7:54am Monday 16th February 2009

THE dangers of the region’s industrial past were remembered at the weekend as hundreds of people gathered to mark the centenary of one of the North-East’s worst mining disasters.

Blast that tore the heart from a town

The Northern Echo: CROWDS TURN OUT: One of the many funerals takes place in Stanley for the pit disaster victims. Thousands of people turned out to watch and pay their r

8:06am Monday 16th February 2009

Fathers, sons, brothers and uncles – almost every street in Stanley lost a loved one in the blast that claimed 168 lives 100 years ago today.

Victims remembered

The Northern Echo: SURVIVOR: William Gardner and a pony he rescued

8:09am Monday 16th February 2009

THE Northern Echo launched a four-year campaign to win recognition for the 118 victims of the Stanley pit disaster who lay buried in unmarked graves.

Keegan the hero

The Northern Echo: GRANDFATHER: Rescuer Frank Keegan

8:12am Monday 16th February 2009

ONE of the heroes of the disaster at West Stanley Pit was former Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan’s grandfather.

Strain claimed final victim

8:14am Monday 16th February 2009

THE 169th victim died 11 days after the disaster, but he was not fatally injured by the explosion or the immediate aftermath.

Relatives praise pair for disaster support

The Northern Echo: HISTORY ROLE: Bob Drake, left, and Jack Hair

9:28am Saturday 14th February 2009

RELATIVES of miners who died in one of the North-East’s worst pit disasters have thanked two men who have ensured they have not been forgotten.

Twist of fate survivor died in explosion 30 years later

The Northern Echo: BROTHERS: John Joseph, above, and Lewis Smithson

9:35am Friday 13th February 2009

A MINER who lived through the worst pit disaster in a county because of a twist of fate died in a similar accident nearly 30 years later on the other side of the world.

Centenary tribute to 168 workers who died in mine

The Northern Echo: Local historian Bob Drake, left, and former Northern Echo reporter Chris Weber, who helped raise money for a miners’ memorial fund in 2004.

4:28pm Wednesday 11th February 2009

CHURCH bells will toll 168 times to mark the 100th anniversary of one of region's worst coal mining disasters.

Miner’s wife brought up family on a pittance

The Northern Echo: FAMILY SURVIVING: Jane Worby and her son, Thomas Junior, who married but never had children

8:22am Wednesday 11th February 2009

THE teenage widow of a miner killed in a pit disaster had to bring up a two-year-old daughter and a baby he never saw on a pittance, relatives have revealed.

‘Miners had no choice but to return to work’

The Northern Echo: UNITED IN GRIEF: Thousands turned out to pay tribute to the miners who died in the Stanley Pit Disaster in 1909

10:29am Tuesday 10th February 2009

A DESCENDANT of one of the miners killed in the Stanley Pit Disaster a century ago has recalled how his father and grandfather had no choice but to return to work immediately after the tragedy.

Family tells of uncle’s sacrifice

The Northern Echo: WAITING FOR NEWS: The scene at the pithead after the explosion. Below, crowds turn out for one of the funeral processions

9:36am Monday 9th February 2009

As the 100th anniversary of a pit disaster approaches, the family of one of the victims explains how they think he died. Gavin Havery reports.



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