Pit disaster remembered

PEOPLE can learn about a mining tragedy that claimed more than 80 lives 60 years ago.

Durham County Record Office, at County Hall, Durham, is inviting east Durham residents to find out more about the 1951 Easington pit explosion.

The service is opening up its archives on Friday, May 27, between 10am and 3pm. The tragedy, on May 29, 1951, is being commemorated as part of Local History Month.

Visitors will be able to view original documents relating to the incident in which 81 miners and two rescue workers died.

The office will also host a family open day between 9.30am and 12.30pm on Friday, June 3. Youngsters will be able to try on Tudor costumes, write with a quill pen and play with toys from the past.

For more information on either session ring (0191) 3833253 or visit www.durhamrecordoffice.org.uk.