Good luck to all our students who are taking part in ‘2016 Be Your Best Carlisle Rock Challenge’ tonight.
This year’s performance is titled ‘104 Men’ and is an interpretation of the William Pit Mining Disaster. Many of the students involved tonight will have lost family members in one of the many pit disasters in Whitehaven, each with their own personal memories.
The Whitehaven coal field suffered many disasters and innumerable smaller accidents. It has been estimated that over 1700 men, women, and children have lost their lives while mining coal in the Whitehaven collieries.
Tonight’s performance will be particularly emotional for the Curwen family. Carenza Curwen’s (Year 7) great grandfather was one of the 104 men who lost their lives in the William pit disaster on the 15th August 1947. Jimmy Rigg returned from the Second World War, having survived 5 years, part of which being kept as a prisoner of war. On the morning of the disaster he heard the wonderful news that he was to become a father for the second time. Carenza, her mum and grandmother never got to meet him. Grandmother and mum are attending tonight’s performance.