FORMER miners delivered a talk to college students ahead of the upcoming anniversary of the Oaks Colliery Disaster.

The incident happened in Barnsley in 1866, killing at least 361 men and boys by a series of explosions over two days.

Ex-miner Paul Darlow, who is now an author, delivered the talk and interactive session to the students from Barnsley College ahead of the December 12 anniversary.

The choice of setting for the session was decided on the Historic Miners’ Hall on Victoria Road, allowing the students to be immersed in mining artefacts from the 1800s.

Paul said: “This is Barnsley’s history - Barnsley was built on mining.

“Even though these mines closed years ago these are the memories of Barnsley families and it still means a lot to them so it’s important to know, and there are still strong feelings about the pits closing.”