Remembering those who lost their lives at work with a minute's silence

Saturday 12 December marks the National Workplace Day of Remembrance and the anniversary of the Oaks Colliery Disaster. Established last year, the day marks a time to remember all those who lost their lives at work, whatever their job, whatever their level, whatever the industry.

Barnsley Council is encouraging people across the borough to take part in the day by observing a minute's silence at 12 noon on Saturday, whilst the town hall's flag will fly at half-mast to commemorate those who died while working to live.

The Oaks Colliery explosion of 1866 in Barnsley remains the worst mining disaster in the country, and was the worst worldwide for 50 years. Efforts to commemorate the disaster highlighted the number of unknown workers, managers, contractors and others who have died at work, as well as the need to remember them. Whilst the day remembers those workers who died as part of the disaster, it also serves to remember every other worker across the country who has lost their life as a result of their work.

Cllr Alan Gardiner, Cabinet Spokesperson for Core Services, said: "We're honoured to be able to support the National Workplace Day of Remembrance here in Barnsley, to remember those who lost their lives in their line of work. After the Oaks Colliery Disaster in 1866, this is a cause which is personal to Barnsley in many ways.

We're encouraging everyone to remember those who served and sacrificed in our community, and are grateful for the opportunity to be able to show our support for those across the borough, and across the country, who've lost their lives at work. Please do take the time on Saturday to join with us in a minute's silence to remember them."

A minute's silence will be observed across the borough on Saturday 12 December at 12 noon.

The day will be marked by a broadcast of award-winning Barnsley Oaks Disaster film, Black Snow, under the title "Yorkshire Mining Disaster". The film will be shown on Together TV on Saturday December 12th at 9pm.

There's more information about the day on the National Workplace Day of Remembrance website.

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