Miner John Briggs
Beighton's "sheer hell" remembered
Dozens of local miners were involved in a pit accident at Brookhouse Colliery in 1958. Forty-six years later their bravery was formally recognised in the form of a sculpture at Crystal Peaks.
The accident at Brookhouse Colliery in Beighton in 1958 became known as the 'Overwind' incident. It happened when a new electrical winding system on the miners' shaft cage broke, causing it to fall.
Miner William Wild recalls the event: "It was sheer hell down there. The cage was a mass of bodies thrown against each other and the pit bottom was full of moans and groans."
In 2004, the 'Time Works' sculpture was unveiled close to the commemorative bench and plaque opposite Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre, so that locals and visitors can learn about this part of Beighton's history.
"The ceremony was a mix of pride and sadness for the families, but we're pleased to be playing a part in ensuring the bravery of the miners on that day is enshrined in Beighton's history forever."
Lorraine Henery is the daughter of miner Arthur Davison who was caught up in the accident.
"My father was in the cage when it crashed to the ground. He suffered leg injuries and had to have his leg amputated. I'm one of 11 children, so as you can imagine, the accident had a lifetime of consequences for my family. We do appreciate it being remembered in this way."
Marilyn Stojak also recalls her father Arnold Clarke's injuries: "My father ended up with a crushed pelvis and no hip joint on one side. He couldn't go back down the pit as he couldn't bend, so he worked as a gateman for the National Coal Board for the rest of his life.
"When I was a little girl I had a bit of a limp because I used to go walking with him and copied his walk!"
last updated: 05/08/2008 at 09:56
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