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Hapton Valley pit disaster remembered with banner
FORMER miners gathered for the unveiling of a banner commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Hapton Valley Colliery disaster.
The banner was given to Towneley Hall in the early 1980s and it has since been carried in processions to mark the disaster in which 19 miners lost their lives on March 22, 1962.
However very little is known about the history of the banner.
Mike Townend, keeper of history at Towneley Hall, said: “The makers of the banner are still in existence but they can’t tell me anything about when it was made and any other processions it was used in.
“As it is such a significant part of the history of Hapton Valley, and as so many Burnley families will have been touched by the disaster in some way, we are keen to find out as much as possible about its heritage.”
The banner will be on show in the Fine and Decorative Arts Treasures exhibition until September 20.