Miner's memorial service today

MOURNERS are gathering for the memorial servcie of Willie Joynson, who died in the Pike River Mine disaster in New Zealand last month.

Mr Joynson, who grew up in Howard, will be farewelled at a service starting at 11am, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, in Tinana, near Maryborough.

The miner's widow, Kim, has returned to Australia for the service with children Jonathan, 13, and Benjamin, 10. The family will spend a brief amount of time back in New Zealand before returning to the Fraser Coast permanently.

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