Today, Monday the 16th of February 2009 is the Hundred year anniversary of the tragic Burns Pit Disaster in Stanley County Durham. The reason that I have chosen this to report on is that our family lost relatives in this accident. We in fact lost two men, who were the brothers of my late mother in law. I say men but actually we lost two boys George who was 16 and Henry who was the youngest killed in the accident aged just 13 years old. I find it hard to believe that at age 13 he was less than a year older than my daughter Beth is now. Life must have been very hard for them.
Another view of the mourners on 21st of February 1909.