Newbiggin Colliery band at the Northumberland Miners Picnic at Morpeth c 1939
George Kendall commented: Thats George Wright ,family moved from Chopwell Co Durham to Newbiggin for work. George later became the bands Conductor.George unfortunately developed emphysema and ended his working days in the Powder magazine at Lynemouth Colliery.
Coal Miners about 1881, Tyne and Wear, unknown colliery.
Small boy in the front row is William Gibson, listed as coal miner in the 1881 at the age of 13. By 1891 he was married with a young child and had taken in his wife's three young sisters to look after. William worked in the mines all his life.
Young boys work at the screens for cleaning coal at a pit in Bargoed, South Wales.
Freddie Gethering commented: We did this at Dinnington working on the Pit top while waiting to go underground at the age of 16.
Brian Westron commented: I did this at the age of 15 waiting for training place in 1964.
David Laycock said: Started at 15 in the screens at Newmillerdam ,the worst job at any pit
Ron Turner said: I worked on the screens at Creswell Colliery in 1948 at the age of 15. The noise made it necessary to use sign language. The sign for shit on the belt was to stand well back, hold your nose with one hand and pretend to pull the toilet chain with the other. You soon learned the significance of that sign.
Pit Brow Lasses (Also known as "wenches" Blue Fly Pit Wednesbury c 1890
John Whitehouse made this interesting comment: I just wonder how many of the cyber generations realise that women worked in coal mining or that mining ever existed ?
David Brown replied: It will slowly disappear. This history should be taught in schools . The same as war history. This was major social history. The struggle that the working class had to overcome. These people gave their lives for future generations. Alas this generation have no idea what their for fathers went through.
Adrian Hughes also replied:My daughter is a junior school teacher, they do teach it at her school some time's she asks me to attend, they used to be a group where I live they had collected lots of mining items & went to local schools, but sadly they have all got old & don't do it any more sad they didn't pass it on.
Remember your training days ?
Edward Box commented:Did mine at Houghton training centre did you get taken on the 18inch working coal face was i pleased to come off.
David Shore said: used to go over to Kemball for training when I was an apprentice at the Granville colliery....good days
Mick Forknell replied: Birch Coppice 1967 13 weeks at the training centre,3 days in the classroom and 2 days underground a week
Steve Colson replied: In 1968, Moorgreen T C for three months then to Hucknall.
Andy Garnett replied, Gresford Training Centre 1965. I am still in contact with my mining mates. I remember my first aid class and those NCB training films.
John Braid also remembered, At Muiredge plus the Wellesley. We went doon the updraft(No. 2 shaft) at the pit bottom we turned left fir a few hundred yards and we were there. For oor face training a' wis put wae a guy whau counted the steel props on the coal face o' No.8 X-cut. Wan time the waste came doon in wan big sheet blawing ma' helmet aff. A've never moved sae fast, aw' the strippers were in stitches wae laughter.