The worst disaster in the history of Morley now has a permanent public memorial.
A framed memorial tapestry commemorating the Morley Main pit disaster of 1872 has gone on permanent display in the main corridor of Morley Town Hall.
The names, ages and family groupings of the miners who died are carefully embroidered around the pithead winding gear.
It was unveiled by David Shillitoe, General Secretary of the International Miners Mission at Monday’s ceremony, which was hosted by Mayor of Morley CounTom Leadley.
Members of Morley Community Church organised the event as a follow up to the memorial service held underground at the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield last year.
The project was the result of their discovery that there had never been any plaque or memorial stone to mark the disaster which killed 34 men and boys when a gas explosion ripped through the Morley Main Colliery in Albert Road on October 7 1872.
Joining invited retired coal miners, councillors, residents and civic leaders, were members of Morley Elderly Action’s craft group, who had been commissioned by Morley Community Church to design and sew the tapestry.
Mr Shillitoe commended the church for all their hard work in devising a memorial project, saying the International Miners Mission counted it a privilege to have been involved in such a worthy initiative.
He said “This framed tapestry will remind future generations of the huge cost in human life that went with the extraction of coal.”