Town council observes minute's silence for Turkey disaster victims

MEMBERS of Westhoughton Town Council observed a minute's silence at a meeting in memory of the victims of the Soma mining disaster in Turkey.

After a rescue operation finished, the death toll for Turkey's worst-ever mining disaster stood at 301.

An explosion sent carbon dioxide into the mine's tunnels while 787 miners were underground.

Cllr David Chadwick extended his sympathies to those affected and asked the town clerk to write to the mayor of Soma and say the victims are in the prayers of the people of Westhoughton.

He was speaking at the annuall general meeting of Westhoughton Town Council on May 19.

The town's ancestors suffered a similar tragedy in 1910 when 344 men and boys died in the Pretoria Pit disaster.

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6:26am Tue 20 May 14

oftbewildered2 says...

only fitting we should reach out to this town - we are still remembering our disaster 100 plus years later.
only fitting we should reach out to this town - we are still remembering our disaster 100 plus years later. oftbewildered2
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9:26am Tue 20 May 14

Jim271 says...

They have to please the immigrants, there's an election on Thursday,
They have to please the immigrants, there's an election on Thursday, Jim271
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10:24pm Tue 20 May 14

Bolton First says...

The disaster was horrible, possibly the result of penny pinching (AKA efficiencies)
There should also be silence to remember the victims of Thatcherism & Blairism
The disaster was horrible, possibly the result of penny pinching (AKA efficiencies) There should also be silence to remember the victims of Thatcherism & Blairism Bolton First
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