Community pays tribute to Auchengeich mining disaster victims

A SPECIAL service will take place this Sunday in memory of the 47 men who perished in one of the worst mining disasters to ever take place in the UK.

The Auchengeich mining disaster happened at approximately 7am on September 18, 1959, when a fire trapped 47 miners underground.

Smoke from the blaze – caused by an electrical fault 1,000ft below the surface – quickly overcame the miners who were travelling down in bogies to start work at the coal face.

 

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