ONE of the 33 rescued Chilean miners is visiting Kirkby next week to tell his amazing story of survival.
On 5th August last year, Jose Henriques was one of the miners who was trapped 700m underground not knowing if he would ever emerge from the darkness.
Millions watched their dramatic rescue on 13th October as they finally came to the surface after surviving a record 69 days in the copper-gold mine in the Atacama Desert.
Now survivors of local pit disaster and other members of the community will be invited to hear the unique ordeal at event which has been organised by the Rev Dr Richard Kellett, area dean of Newstead and vicar of Skegby with Teversal.
“I’m excited that we’ve managed to get one of the 33 Chilean miners coming to speak here in the former coalfields area,” he said.
“Many families around here know of the dangers down the pits and their hearts and prayers went out to those trapped underground.
“It will be great to hear how they managed and how they discovered Jesus alongside them deep underground.”
The special event will welcome former miners and their families from around the area who also remember some of the county’s own pit disasters of the past, including the 1957 disaster at Sutton Colliery.
The visit to Kirkby is just one a series of visits during January and February to former mining communities.
l The talk will take place at East Kirkby Miners’ Welfare, Lowmoor Road, Kirkby, on 28th January at 12.30pm.