13 photos of community gathering to honour 70th anniversary of Easington pit disaster that claimed 83 lives

Poignant images show residents in and around the ex-mining community in County Durham honouring the memory of the 83 workers who lost their lives to the pit disaster 70 years ago.

Sunday, 30th May 2021, 3:04 pm
The community gathers to honour 70th anniversary of Easington pit disaster
The community gathers to honour 70th anniversary of Easington pit disaster

Respects were paid at the former colliery’s community garden, before attendees marched to the grave site where 72 of the victims were buried decades ago after their bodies had been recovered.

Two new benches were also unveiled as part of the morning’s commemorative events by relatives of the men who died on May 29, 1951.

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From left: Brian Jolly of Easington Heritage Group, Margaret McGann who lost her father, uncle and cousin in the disaster and Frederick Robson who lost his grand father who was the oldest victim, at an event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Easington Mining Disaster on Saturday.

Councillors and Easington MP, Grahame Morris, were in attendance, along with relatives of the deceased and members of the Durham Miners’ Association.

The service to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Easington Mining Disaster was held in Easington on Saturday, May 29.
Service at the graves of those killed at an event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Easington Mining Disaster.
People gather at the graves of those killed in the disaster.
Attendees listening during the service.
Some of those with wreaths at the event.
March held during the commemoration event.
From left: Michael McDonald, Theresa Armstrong and Maria Neill who lost family member Albert Kerr Chapman, at an event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Easington Mining Disaster.
MP Grahame Morris addressing the crowd at an event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Easington Mining Disaster.
The event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Easington Mining Disaster
Former NUM Lodge Secretary Alan Cummings leading the event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Easington Mining Disaster
Easignton MP Grahame Morris laying a wreath
Service at the graves of those killed.