The 40th anniversary of the Lofthouse Colliery disaster will be remembered with a special reunion today.
On March 21, 1973, water, slush and debris rushed into South 9B coalface, trapping and killing seven workers 750ft below ground.
Around 30 miners had been excavating a coalface near to an abandoned and flooded 19th century mineshaft when the accident happened.
And only one body was recovered after a six-day rescue operation.
Some of the rescuers and victim’s families will meet each other for the first time since the disaster during a remembrance service at Outwood Parish Church today (Saturday) from 1pm.
It will be followed by a brass band concert and reunion at Ledger Lane WMC from 2pm.
After the concert, Outwood Community Video Club will show a film about the 1973 events.
Tomorrow (Sunday) there will be a short service at 3.15pm at the Lofthouse Memorial Garden, on Batley Road, where the six bodies are believed to have been entombed.
It will be followed by a parade to St Paul’s Church, in Alverthorpe, where there will be a collection of memorabilia.
The events have been organised by Lofthouse Disaster Trust chairman Tony Banks.
For a two-page special report on the disaster see this week’s Wakefield Express.