Rare item which was made to commemorate Doncaster mining disaster which killed almost 100 men to be unveiled

A rare item which was made to commemorate a Doncaster pit disaster will be unveiled by a local history group.

Wednesday, 3rd October 2012, 8:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 1st October 2019, 6:05 pm
Children on Church Street in 1905. Sent by Conisbrough and Denaby Main Heritage Group.
Children on Church Street in 1905. Sent by Conisbrough and Denaby Main Heritage Group.

The Cadeby Main Colliery Memorial Group will present a framed serviette made for the Cadeby Main Colliery disaster, which includes with a list of victims from the tragedy, to Consibrough Library.

The serviette is printed with the words ‘a souvenir in affectionate remembrance of the miners and the rescue party who lost their lives’.

Stephen Hamilton, a member of Cadeby Main Colliery memorial group, said: “The serviette was donated to the memorial group by a gentleman from Woodlands, Russell Liversidge, who found it in a drawer while clearing his late mother’s home.

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Cows outside Conisbrough Castle in 1895. Sent by Conisbrough and Denaby Main Heritage Group.

“He does not know why his mother had this. I told him there was a man by the name Liversidge who I one worked with at Cadeby, I said could it be a relative. Russell said it may be a case and will be researching his family tree sometime in the future.”

The event will take place tomorrow, Friday October 4, at 11am at the venue, on Old Road.

In total, 91 men died in the Cadeby Colliery disaster when two explosions went off on and around July 9, 1912.

In the first explosion 35 men and boys out of 37 miners lost their lives. In the second 53 rescuers were killed as they attempted to rescue the bodies of their fellow workmen.

Denaby Main Ladies FC in the 1950s. Sent by Conisbrough and Denaby Main Heritage Group.

A collection of photo albums filled with old photos which show areas of Conisbrough and Denaby Main as they were in a bygone era will also be on display at the library tomorrow.

These photos will be supplied by the Conisbrough and Denaby Main Heritage Group. There will be around 7,500 photos in display books with some on the wall in the library.

Everyone is invited along to view the serviette presentation and the photographs.

The memorial serviette.
Doncaster Road in Denaby Main in the 1930s. Sent by Conisbrough and Denaby Main Heritage Group.