Workers Memorial Day at the pit head of Moorfield Colliery where 68 men and boys lost their lives in a terrible pit disaster.
ON THE morning of 7 November 1883 a terrible explosion ripped through the underground workings at the Moorfield Colliery, Altham.
The explosion resulted in the death of 68 men and boys, with numerous more receiving serious injuries. Over the following years many of them died prematurely as a direct result of their injuries.
Moorfield Colliery, locally known as Dickie Brig Pit, Altham, near Accrington. Sixty-eight men and lads lost their lives, fifty three were injured, and ninety-five children were left fatherless. It remains as the biggest and worst disaster ever to have hit North-East Lancashire.