Norcroft Pit Disaster Memorial Service

On May 23rd, Cawthorne Brass Band was proud to join with friends from Dodworth Colliery Band to remember the men and boys from the Cawthorne area who perished in the Norcroft pit disaster.

Members of Cawthorne Brass Band and Dodworth Colliery Band are sat in the grounds of the church, holding their instruments

We played a hymn called Gresford, also known as the Miners Hymn, by Robert Saint (1905 – 1950), a former miner. Composed in memory of the Gresford Colliery disaster, near Wrexham, North Wales when an underground explosion killed 266 miners, the hymn was adopted by the National Union of Mineworkers and is played regularly at miners’ gatherings in memory of former miners.