Fifty years since The Michael Colliery Fire
by Jillian Galbraith, NMMS Volunteer
On the morning of 9th September, 1967, many mining families in the area of East Wemyss, Fife must have heard with dread the news of a fire in the nearby Michael Colliery.
Located between Kirkcaldy and Leven, the colliery had a great record as the largest producer of coal in Scotland, employing an average of 2,598 miners. Major investment in the 1960s included the finest pithead baths in the UK. Extensive...