Concert in aid of pit disaster returns again

A special concert will take place to mark the anniversary of one of Britain’s worst Victorian mining disasters at Hartley Colliery.

The annual memorial concert of the Hartley Pit disaster will be presented by local folk group Beeswing and friends on January 16.

The group will also feature the Wilsons as special guests.

The concert is in memory of the disaster on the 16th January 1862 when almost every working man and boy in the village lost their lives.

Over the last 13 years, members of the public have contributed information, songs and poems which have all helped to make the concert the success it always is.

This year, Chris Harrison will be performing some of poems written by his great great grandfather, the famous Pitman Poet, Joseph Skipsey. Chris has set the poems to music.

The concert this year will continue the tradition of telling the story in song, music and spoken word, and will take place on Saturday, January 16, in New Hartley Memorial Hall, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £5 and are available from Dave on 07967 198430 or, Keith on (0191) 2373152, from the Memorial Hall, or New Hartley Post Office.