Tributes paid to miners who died 100 years ago

Emotional tributes have been paid to remember miners who lost their lives 100 years ago.

Saturday, 11th June 2016, 2:06 pm
Updated Monday, 13th June 2016, 11:24 am
Officials lay floral tributes to former miners and collieries at the Northumberland Miners' Picnic. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Floral tributes were laid by former miners, officials and MPs to honour the miners who died at Woodhorn Colliery in 1916.

The tribute was part of the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic taking place at Woodhorn today (Saturday).

Right Reverend Christine Hardman, Bishop of Newcastle, at the memorial service at the Northumberland Miners' Picnic.

In one of the darkest days for the colliery, 13 miners lost their lives in a single accident on August 13, 1916.

The men – the oldest aged 48 and the youngest 21 – were killed when a firedamp exploded after contact with a naked flame in the Mainseam.

Right Reverend Christine Hardman, Bishop of Newcastle, lead the memorial service.

Afterwards attendees held a two minute silence at the Miners’ Memorial before the Ashington Colliery Band played ‘Gresford’.

Right Reverend Christine Hardman, Bishop of Newcastle, at the memorial service at the Northumberland Miners' Picnic.