Lofthouse Memorial Service

40 years ago disaster struck at Lofthouse pit and seven mine workers were trapped far below the ground. They all sadly died and despite a 6-day rescue mission only one body was ever recovered.

On Sunday I joined the local community to commemorate those who died in the disaster. A short service was held at the Memorial on Batley Road and we then walked up to St Paul’s Church at Alverthorpe. It was a moving service and we heard emotional stories from the men who’d been part of the rescue team on the day and from others who’d worked alongside those who died.

As well as those for whom the tragic event will just seem like yesterday it was nice to see some young members of the local community at the service for whom 40 years must seem like an eternity.

I read a poem during the service which captured that sense of time for relatives and those who lost loved ones:

Time is too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who fear,
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who rejoice,
But for those who love, time is eternity.

I also spoke to many former collierymen and members of the miners rescue afterwards.  Now that the local pits are closed it’s important to ensure we commemorate and remember the bravery of the men who took part in miners rescue missions and those who paid such a heavy price for their work in our local pits.

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Posted March 24th, 2013 by admin