Celebration of mining heritage

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Crowds of people turned out for a service to celebrate Alfreton’s mining heritage.

The parish church of St Martin’s held the service, and pivotal to it was the dedication of a Miner’s lamp, donated to the church by Ron Padley, a former miner. In his address Canon Frank Mercurio referred to the necessity for light in the hazardous conditions of a mine and likened it to our lives.