Number of events to mark 25th anniversary of Westray

Published on April 26, 2017

Flowers lie on a monumnet to the miners killed in the Westray Mine explosion on the anniversary of the event.

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The 25th anniversary of the Westray Mine Explosion will be remembered through many different events. 

The United Steelworkers of America District 6, with the assistance of the Westray Families Group, have special services, presentations and receptions planned for both May 8 and 9 in the Pictou County area in remembrance of the mining disaster that killed 26 men on May 9, 1992.

May 8:

The United Steelworkers of America District 6 will be meeting with local mayors and the warden at Stellarton’s town hall at 6:30 p.m. for a short presentation about Westray followed by recognition awards and refreshments.

Visits to the county’s three local high schools will take place throughout the day for health and safety presentations and Westray commemoration.

May 9:

Morning vigil to commemorate the Westray Mine Explosion – meet at Summer Street Industries at 6:45 a.m. for a procession to the Westray Memorial Park followed by a refreshments at Summer Street Industries.

Author Tom Sandborn will ready from his book, “Hell’s History” at 4:30 p.m. at the New Glasgow Library.

Evening memorial service (starting at 7 p.m.) at Westray Memorial Park, with service led by Dr. Rev. Glenn Matheson and featuring a performance by the Men of the Deeps Choir (to be confirmed).

Laying of commemorative wreaths by Westray Families Group, USW Directors and provincial represents.

Reception at the Museum of Industry following the evening memorial service with more music from the Men of the Deeps and local talent Ron MacDonald.