Although a new competition with new trophies for grabs, this contest has a history and legacy with the company. Teams competed for the Challenge Cup in rescue competitions starting in 1924. Edinburgh Central Mines Rescue Station claimed the historical cup first, then challenged all comers the following year – with subsequent winners doing the same.
Until 1989, this contest was confined to Mines Rescue teams in Scotland, but in May 1989, it was opened nationwide to all Mines Rescue stations.
Don Valley High School hosted the first national competition on Saturday 13 May 1989, where eight teams participated. It continued annually for many years until the privatisation of the coal industry in the late 1990s.
So it was wonderful to resurrect the competition last week and reestablish it as an annual event!