A PUBLIC meeting is to be held regarding the 70th anniversary of the tragic Knockshinnoch Disaster.

This year marks 70 years since the famous mining accident, which took place in the village of New Cumnock.

The tragedy took place in September 1950 when a glaciated lake filled with liquid peat and moss flooded pit workings at the mine.

This trapped more than one hundred miners underground for several days.

Sadly, 13 people died in the accident as rescue teams worked tirelessly to reach the trapped workers.

Most were saved, but every year those who were killed are remembered.

The New Cumnock Development Trust want the community’s views on how to commemorate the important date.

This will be held at the end of this month at the town hall on Wednesday, February 26 between 11am and 1pm.

A spokesperson said: “We would love to see people from every corner of the community and beyond so please come along and give us your suggestions and opinions!

“On the day you will be able to have a look at some of the work already taking place in preparation from New Cumnock Primary School.”

Or call on 01292 338887.