Plans for permanent memorial for five men killed in Seafield mining disaster

The demolition of the winding tower at Seafield Colliery on 10th September 1989

A group of former miners from Fife are planning a memorial to the five men killed in the Seafield disaster 50 years ago.

James Comrie, Angus Guthrie, Robert Henderson, James Holmes and Thomas Kilpatrick died in the disaster on May 10, 1973.

They were trapped underground when the roof of the pit in Kirkcaldy collapsed.

Pat Egan and Iain Chalmers both worked there and Methil and Buckhaven councillor Tom Adams is a fellow ex-union official.

The three men say a tribute is needed, as there's some in other parts of Fife for other disasters but not for Seafield.

Ex-miners are being invited to a series of meetings next week, to put their ideas on the table.

Tom already has some ideas, and wants something unique that's not the "usual pick and shovel".

He says: "What we're trying to do is put something that's memorable but is something that people will see and will stand out.

"We want something that's different from the other mining memorials.

"We felt we should really do something as miners."

He's suggested a black diamond with the name of each man on each facet, but expects people at the meetings to come up with other and different ideas.

And he has mooted putting it outside the Morrison's supermarket in Kirkcaldy.

The meetings will take place at:

  • Templehall Community Centre on November 13
  • Ciswo Club, Glenrothes on November 14
  • Buckhaven Community Centre on November 15
  • Corrie Centre in Cardenden on November 20

They all start at 7pm.

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