RETRO: When dozens of Notts miners were killed by fire 300m underground

This vintage newsreel footage shows the scene of a rescue operation and an emotional service after a tragic fire at Cresswell Colliery.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 28th March 2017, 4:02 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th April 2017, 10:28 pm
Old news reel footage from the Cresswell pit disaster in 1950.
Old news reel footage from the Cresswell pit disaster in 1950.

Lionel Gamlin reported for the Movietone reel in 1950 after the 'Cresswell Pit Disaster' rocked the whole of the UK.

He said: "Once again tragedy overtakes the coalfields.

"At Cresswell Colliery near Worksop Fire mysteriously broke out a thousand feet below the surface.

Scenes from the pit near Mansfield and Worksop show the panic at the pit head.

"It was soon blazing along the whole length of the conveyor belt.

"But after the first few men escaped quickly form the fumes, no others were brought up."

Some 80 miners were left trapped by the fire and 2,000 people gathered at the pit head for a service to honour the men who lot their lives in the their 'honourable and dangerous calling.'

The 1950 report included helicopter-shot footage of the site.
Scenes from the pit near Mansfield and Worksop show the panic at the pit head.
The 1950 report included helicopter-shot footage of the site.