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During the early hours of Tuesday, September 4th 1860, the small village of Helmshore – situated within the Rossendale Valley in the North West of England was rocked by a serious tragedy that claimed the lives of 11 innocent victims as well as seriously injuring onwards of 77 people.
After spending the previous day enjoying a brass band contest that had taken place in Manchester with an estimated 20,000 people in attendance, over 2,500 people boarded three trains to begin their journey home to the surrounding towns of Helmshore. Many where travelling to Accrington, Blackburn and Colne and despite the crammed conditions they travelled in – roughly 50 to 60 persons per carriage, most where in a jovel mood and enjoying the scenery, albeit only briefly lit by the moon in an otherwise cloudless evening sky.
Unbeknownst to many passengers, tragedy would soon befall them in a truly shocking manner.
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