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SALFORD MINERS REMEMBERED AT AGECROFT MEMORIAL
 

Star date: 22nd April 2018

RESPECT PAID TO IRWELL VALLEY MINERS

Yesterday, former miners, families and trade unionists gathered at the Agecroft Colliery monument to pay respects to those who lost their lives down the pits...

"Today means everything, it's the only way we can pay back what they did for you" said Jackie Rimmer, whose father died down Agecroft Colliery in 1963.

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Salford Miners Memorial Agecroft Colliery Salford Miners Memorial Agecroft Colliery
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Salford's now annual memorial and celebration of miners who lost their lives in the Irwell Valley pits took place yesterday at the Agecroft Colliery monument on Agecroft Road.

Former miners, their families and trade unionists attended the short service, with a minute's silence, prayers by Father Michael Fish, and the names of those men and boys who died in the area's mines recalled by Paul Kelly of the Irwell Valley Mining Project...

"We're here to remember the sacrifices that the miners of Great Britain made, particularly in this area" he said "They went down into the earth to bring out the coal to look after our lives and make us the civilisation that we've got today."

Amongst those who attended was Jackie Rimmer, whose father, John James Saunders, died at the pit in 1963, aged just 44...

"Today means everything" she explained "It's the only way we can pay back what they did for you. The miners are a forgotten 'race', especially by the Tories; they've no respect for miners at all. Winston Churchill said 'Put them down the mines and shut the lid'...

"As a child I didn't understand the politics of it all, but they had no rights" she added "They had no respect but when you see motorists passing here today and beeping their horns in support it says a lot."

The Salford miners memorial was a forerunner to a week of worldwide services as part of International Workers Memorial Day with a wreath laying at Salford Civic Centre on Friday 27th April at 12:15pm.

There's also the annual 'Remember The Dead, Fight For The Living' event at Albert Square, Manchester next Saturday, 28th April between 12 noon and 1pm, organised by Greater Manchester Hazards Centre. For further information see the Facebook event page – click here.


mr neil rimmer wrote
at 07:34:39 on 25 April 2018
i did not come from a mining family, but when I meet Jackie I heard lots of terrible stories what happened in the coal mines, people should be proud of them, because like Jackie said while everyone was calling them and not giving support, they were still putting coal on there fires to stay warm !!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK LADS AND THANKYOU FRO EVERYTHING YOU ALL DO
 
fletcher wrote
at 12:52:08 on 23 April 2018
I was privileged to have been able to visit underground a number of Lancashire collieries, including Agecroft. I have always believed that if everyone had been taken on a visit down a mine [I realise that really wouldn’t be possible] the general public's opinion of miners would have been totally changed. Anyone who has seen them at work would always support them.
 
wrote
at 12:52:03 on 23 April 2018
My great Grandfather worked down the mines at Agecroft Colliery. I never met him as he died in the 1950s 30 odd years before I was born. Though I do recall my Gran telling me about him and the conditions he and the others had to work in. My Gran told me about when he died and how she had to wash his body so he could be laid out in the living room (they were allowed to do that in them days), and that she noticed his back was badly pitted because of pieces of the tunnel falling on him over the years. Lucky for him he was able to change job to paint and decorator later on and escape it. It's a shame for all those who couldn't, even more of a shame for those who died there. These people kept the furnaces of British industry burning, it's only right they be remembered for what they did and what they endured!
 
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