Band commemorates Shirland Colliery closure

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Shirland Welfare Band is hosting a commemorative event to mark the 50th anniversary of the closure of Shirland Colliery.

Activities start at the Miners Welfare Club from midday, on May 31, and there will be a march from near St Leonard’s Church to the colliery where there will be a service. Former miner Dennis Skinner is expected to attend and the names of those who died working at the pit will be read out.

Anyone linked to the colliery or with memorabilia are asked to call Martyn Beckett on 07966 199448.