Action Aid has supported and empowered women and men in their efforts through providing information, creating spaces for women to learn about mine policy and law, safety equipment and gear, and to network with their contemporaries in Tanzania.
“We think a watch will form part of the permanent memorial we are installing to those who died.
“The school is examining the very important legacy of the coal industry — it was what the community is built on.
Schools in Kearsley are not far from mine shafts.” Mr Tonge, who is also an ex-miner, asked the children to explore their own family history and find out if they have family members who worked in their mines.
He said: “Billy Kelly and I talked to the children about Kearsley coal mining and pointed out the collieries that existed in the 1800s.