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Memorial to mine disater victims is unveiled.


A MEMORIAL marking a disaster in which 266 miners died has been unveiled.

A special ceremony was held at the Llay Miners ' Heritage Centre on Thursday evening attended by families of the victims.

The Gresford Window is a stained glass mural depicting colliery scenes with the names of the miners.

It replicates the Gresford Disaster Mural in Gresford church.

A separate memorial at Gresford, which includes pithead winding gear, also carries the names of all those who died.

The dedication was led by Canon David Griffiths with a blessing from Canon Pauline Walker.

On September 22, 1934 at 2.08am a violent explosion shook the Dennis section of the mine, over a mile from the bottom of the shaft, and a fire took hold.

At the time 500 men were working underground. Further explosions occurred in which one of the seals on the shaft blew out and a surface worker was killed by the flying debris.


Peter Jones with the stained glass window at Llay Miners'' Heritage Centre (inset) lists the names of the victims. Below: The pithead at the time of the disaster
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 30, 2012
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