And yet the government feels the need to listen to Mr Rees-Mogg and his band of brothers who would have us brush them aside, preferring to send us into an uncharted mine without a Davy lamp
or a canary.
To commemorate the milestone, we've had a delve through our own archives to shed more light on the fascinating history of the safety lamp, and why the so-called "Geordie lamp" proved more popular here than the Davy lamp
In 2012, a memorial was unveiled featuring the names of the former miners from Birch Coppice, Wood End and Birchmoor Collieries which were engraved in a brick wall surrounding a 10ft high monument - crowned with a replica of the famous Davy lamp
It was used primarily in the North-east, and is now thought to be superior to the Davy Lamp
used in mines in the rest of the country?
It was flown in on a Royal Navy helicopter and lowered to the ground by a marine commando carrying it in a Davy lamp
attached to his waist.
The flame left Orkney shortly before 12pm heading for Shetland, kept alight in a Davy lamp
All 1,000-plus names have now been engraved into a brick wall surrounding a 10ft high monument that has been crowned with a replica of the famous miners' Davy Lamp
The memorial, standing over 10ft high and topped off with a 6ft tall replica of the famous Davy lamp
used by underground workers, will be located close to the entrance to Birch Coppice Business Park.
QI HAVE a very special miner's Davy lamp
, a self-igniting model which came out in the early 1950s.
A SCOTS firm have adapted the famous miners' Davy lamp
to keep the Olympic torch burning.
Those of us brought up on the legend of the Davy lamp
might also be surprised to learn that Davy was not the inventor of the safety lamp, and that his lamp was not really safe.
First, Fortress Karachi was breached and then with bats flying around the outfield in near darkness and Hussain wearing a Davy Lamp
on his helmet, Pakistan's National Stadium was reduced to rubble as Graham Thorpe hit the winning runs.