Funeral of North Yorkshire Miner

A miner killed when the roof collapsed at the Kellingley Colliery near Selby is being laid to rest.

49 year old Gerry Gibson died after being trapped 2,600 ft (800m) underground on 27th September.

A requiem mass will be held at Selby Abbey before Mr Gibson is buried in a private service at All Saints' Church, Sherburn-in-Elmet.

On Monday, an inquest into his death was opened and adjourned. It heard Mr Gibson had suffocated after the roof collapsed at the mine. Early investigations had revealed the cause of the roof collapse was a failure in the support system.

Another miner, Phil Sheldon, was rescued from the mine shaft and suffered minor injuries but Mr Gibson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Gibson's death is the third in three years at Kellingley, which is owned by UK Coal.

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