On Sunday February 17, the Municipality of Mazarrón has organised the official act of homage to the victims of mining accidents. The initiative started in 2016 by relatives of the deceased in the mine, and was taken to plenary session by the municipal government team, deciding, after its approval, to establish a municipal act that would serve to remind us of those who lost their lives or who were affected in the mining accidents.
At 1:00 pm, an act will begin which will take place at the roundabout access to the Avenida de las Moreras where the monument to the miners is located. Attending will be the members of the Municipal Corporation and representatives of the families of the deceased, plus all citizens who want to witness the event.
The act will begin with the interpretation of the piece ‘La Conquista de 1492’ by Vangelis / Arr .: Willy Hauvast. by the Youth Band of the Musical Association Maestro Eugenio Calderón. Next, the Mayor, Alicia Jiménez will address all attendees.
The parish priest of the churches of San Andrés and San Antonio de Mazarrón, Antonio José Martínez will also intervene, as well as a representative of the families who will address some words in memory of the miners.
After the interventions, a laurel wreath will be deposited at the source of the roundabout that will serve to pay tribute to all the miners of the Municipality, while the band performs the piece ‘Pompa y Circunstancia’ by E. Elgar. Finally, after closing the act, the play ‘La vida es bella’ by Nicola Piovani / Arr .: Claudio Mandonico will be performed.
This event was incorporated, in the month of February, into the calendar of institutional acts of the municipality and adds to others as a tribute to the Mazarron victims in the concentration camps of Mauthausen, whose remembrance is carried out every December 6 in the Garden of Peace of Mazarrón.
The reason why the month of February is the chosen date to claim this tribute is a reflection on what was the greatest tragedy that occurred in the mines of Mazarrón.
On February 16, 1893, 28 miners lost their lives in an accident registered in the María Elena well of the Impensada mine. It was the most tragic of many disasters that occurred in the mining hills during the development of the activity developed mainly from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. The accident of María Elena occupied pages of newspapers of national and even international circulation, since among the deceased were engineers and miners of other European nationalities, hired by the company that exploited the mines of Mazarrón.
The numerous losses of that date dismayed a town that lived with the constant threat of this type of accident. The losses continued to occur, punishing those families whose work was their livelihood. Deaths in accidents were later added to deaths due to diseases such as silicosis, a lung disease that affected many miners.
More than a century later and 50 years after the closure of the activity, neighbours and relatives of those who lost their lives or fell ill due to work at the mine asked the City Council to offer a tribute that would serve to remind us of those victims.