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  • St Hilda Colliery Banner

    In 2015 Bob designed this banner which was designed to commemorate the 175 years since a catastrophic explosion at St Hilda Colliery, South Shields, where 51 men and boys lost their lives.
    In 1839 candles were used to light areas of the pit. The explosion is said to have been caused by a current of gas from some of the wastes, reaching a lighted candle.
    The names of the men and boys killed in the devastating explosion can be found in the registers at St Hilda Church at the Market Place, the banner is also on display.

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