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  1. Hundreds, maybe thousands of miners, including young boys, have lost their lives while working in the pits, not only in Northumberland, but the whole of the country. Now, painstaking research by the Six Townships Community History Group is helping to keep their memory alive. We are currently putting together accounts of how these miners died in the Bedlingtonshire, Wansbeck, Blyth and Morpeth areas. Tyneside Collieries is online too. Deaths in coal mines were a sad and inevitable part of life in the colliery communities. Mining disasters claimed many lives and these tragic events often made the headlines, but today only a few of the worst colliery disasters are ever remembered. In truth there are simply too many deaths and disasters to recall and, like casualties of war, most mine deaths are only remembered as statistics. Attempts are being made to compile definitive statistics on how many men were killed in the mines in our locality, but it is an almost impossible task and we will probably never know the true figure. Read for yourself how these miners died in the bowls of the earth. They should never be forgotten. Latest update to the sixtownships website is now online. It is all about coal mining fatalities in our area and Tyneside http://www.sixtownships.org.uk Latest update to the sixtownships website is now online. It is all about coal mining fatalities in our area and Tyneside
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