NOSTALGIA: Archive footage shows Wakefield mine rescue drill in 1952

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This fascinating newsreel film shows mine rescuers carrying out an emergency drill exercise in a Wakefield pit.

The men are seen donning breathing apparatus in the British Pathe footage before descending underground and giving first aid to an 'injured' miner, who is then carried to the surface.

The 1952 film was made during a period when explosions and other disasters in mine shafts were still common - in 1950, 80 men died after a fire broke out underground at Creswell Colliery, Derbyshire.

It is not clear which colliery is featured in the film.