BARNSLEY Council is encouraging residents across the borough to take part in a minute’s silence at noon tomorrow in remembrance of the Oaks Colliery Disaster in 1866.

Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the country’s worst-ever mining disaster, which was also the worst worldwide for 50 years.

Coun Alan Gardiner, cabinet spokesperson, said: “We’re honoured to be able to remember those who lost their lives in their line of work.

“Please do take the time to join with us in a minute’s silence.”

The day will be marked by a broadcast of award-winning film, Black Snow, under the title “Yorkshire Mining Disaster’ on Together TV at 9pm tomorrow.

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The town hall’s flag will also fly at half-mast to commemorate those who died.