NOSTALGIA: Archive footage shows Wakefield mine rescue drill in 1952

This fascinating newsreel film shows mine rescuers carrying out an emergency drill exercise in a Wakefield pit.

By Grace Newton
Friday, 20th November 2015, 1:30 pm

The men are seen donning breathing apparatus in the British Pathe footage before descending underground and giving first aid to an 'injured' miner, who is then carried to the surface.

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The 1952 film was made during a period when explosions and other disasters in mine shafts were still common - in 1950, 80 men died after a fire broke out underground at Creswell Colliery, Derbyshire.

It is not clear which colliery is featured in the film.