The last time this service was held at Doncaster Minster was in 2012. Since then we have seen the closure of the last of the former British Coal deep mines when Kellingley Colliery ceased production in December 2015.
There are over 150,000 people alive today associated with the coal industry, many of whom were injured during their time in the pits and who may require assistance from the NUM.
This service has become part of the NUM calendar and we aim to keep this going for as long as we are able and continue to assist former miners.
It is important that we remember those who have died and those who have sustained injury in the endeavour of winning the coal that has benefited our country and our communities.
We remember the families who live and have lived with the loss of a loved one and those who care and have cared for the injured miner.
The mining of coal brought people together and helped build communities that have compassion for each other and aspirations for a better future for the next generation.
Coal mining communities have shown that we can be stronger by working together, our young are as important as our old and we all have a part to play.
While the industry may well have gone we should ensure we do not lose the benefits it provided to our communities that too many gave their lives to provide.