I received this comment to my blog a few weeks ago, with thanks, and now the date is approaching, I thought that I should bring the event to your attention.
‘I am the grandson of John Brownridge who was killed in the Grove Colliery disaster. The Chronical newspaper dated July 22 2010 gives details of a memorial event to mark the 80th anniversary of the disaster. Anyone interested can phone councillor Alan Paul on 01543 378040 or 07837919972.’
Picture from Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society
Tragedy struck in the deep underground workings of the site of the Grove Colliery at Wyrley Common on October 1st, 1930, when there was a huge explosion one-and-a-half miles below the surface. Fourteen men were lost, most of them from Brownhills, and some of them were buried in a collective grave at St. James’ Church later.
The Colliery was owned by the William Harrison’s Brownhills Collieries Company and was situated near the top end of Engine Lane.
The 80th Anniversary event will be open to members of the public. Telephone numbers are given above.