A framed tapestry has been hung in the main corridor of Morley Town Hall to remember the lives lost in the Morley Main Pit disaster of 1872.
The names, ages and families of the miners who died in the tragedy are embroidered around the pithead winding gear, depicted in the tapestry which was designed and sewn by Morley Elderly action Craft Group.
Mayor of Morley Councillor Tom Leadley hosted the event at the Town Hall where the large frame was hung in the main corridor on Monday.
There to unveil the memorial was David Shillitoe, general secretary of the International Miners Mission, who said: “This framed tapestry will remind future generations of the huge cost in human life that went with the extraction of coal”
He added that the International Miners Mission counted it a privilege to have been involved in such a worthy initiative.
The disaster killed 34 miners and boys when a gas explosion ripped through the Morley Main Colliery in Albert Road on October 7, 1872.
Members of the Morley Community Church were shocked to discover that there was no plaque or memorial stone to mark the tragedy.
After holding a service underground at the National Coal Mining Museum near Wakefield they set about creating a permanent commemoration.
Organisers commissioned the Morley Elderly action Craft Group to produce the tapestry, members of which were in attendance to see their work unveiled alongside retired miners, local historians, clergy, councillors, civic leaders and residents from the town.
Community Church pastor the Rev Captain Stephen Wright thanked everyone who had helped to raise awareness of the disaster and its impact on the town through this project.