Archbishop of York to hold memorial service on 125th anniversary of Leeds’ Peckfield mining disaster

The service will remember the 63 boys and men killed in the Micklefield mining tragedy

The Rt Reverend Stephen Cottrell will be holding a special memorial service to remember the victims of the Peckfield Pit tragedy in Micklefield.

Paying tribute to the 63 boys and men killed in the mining disaster of 30th April, 1986, the commemoration service will be held outside St Mary’s Church next to the victims’ memorial at 7.30pm, Friday 30th April.

63 candles will be placed around the memorial and a choir of children from Micklefield Primary School will sing to honour the anniversary.

Lord Mayor of Leeds Coun Eileen Taylor and Leeds City Council leader Coun James Lewis are expected to attend to pay their respects.

They will be joined by representatives from Micklefield Parish Council, the National Union of Mineworkers, and the wider mining community.

The Rt Reverend Stephen Cottrell

Elsewhere around Leeds, two more remembrance services will also be taking place.

At 7 am Friday, the first service will be held at the memorial to mark the time of the explosion – with the name of those who lost their lives in the tragedy read out in commemoration.

Those in attendance will also help to place 63 crosses – each bearing a victim’s name – at the memorial border.

Then at 7.20am – the time of the second and most catastrophic explosion – the church bells at St Mary’s, Micklefield will chime out 63 times.

Bells will also ring across the neighbouring parishes of Garforth, Kippax, Aberford and Sherburn-in-Elmet this weekend.

There will also be a service at St. Mary’s on Sunday 2nd May for those who have lost their lives in the wider mining community.

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