Last Friday I was delighted to attend the unveiling of the memorial to those who died in the Stargate Pit Disaster of 1826.

Brighten Ryton have been working hard on this project for a number of months, so I was very pleased to see it come to fruition.

The memorial remembers the 32 men and boys who died in the explosion – some as young as 10. It’s very important that we remember the terrible conditions that coal-mining families lived and worked in – particularly in the north east.

i was therefore pleased to hear the wonderful readings by the children from Crookhill Primary School, and was glad to see them learning a little more about the coal-mining history of our area.