80 years ago today, 79 men perished in a disaster at Markham Colliery

Relatives and rescuers on the colliery surface after the tragedy. Picture submitted by Sandra Struggles.
Relatives and rescuers on the colliery surface after the tragedy. Picture submitted by Sandra Struggles.

Today marks 80 years since one of the worst mining disasters in the UK.

Seventy-nine men were killed and more than 30 were injured in an explosion at Markham Colliery near Bolsover on Tuesday, May 10, 1938.