high pit wilma :-
This is looking down 2's backroad,AFTER the 6 month long,million pound farce to take out all the swallies[dips] ..and to shoot down all the hilltops in the roadway,to make it look like this...because management didn't want the chairman of british coal ,plodging
through 100 yard long swallies of black freezing cold water,coming up to the knees,sometimes higher, like the men had to,every day-several times a day,for nearly a mile each way....BUT NOW... it was pretty....
AND HE THOUGHT SO AS WELL.....AND HE SAID SO...IN THE PRESS NEXT DAY..
HE SAID ...COAL..OR BUST...![AND WE WENT BUST.....AS WELL...!!]
jojojood :- canister hanging from the rib on the left,stretcher and blanket inside that?
high pit wilma :- Spot-on ! It is a first-aid canister,got to have one in every district,by law.
Thanks for your query!Cheers!
hoggy03 :- Wilma did bates ever see many VIP's while you worked there or just the chairman of british coal?
high pit wilma :-
Mostly area directors,like Archibold,the swine who had a personal vendetta against Bates pit,[it was well known that HE wanted it closed apart from thatcher the hatatcheter..].
Before i started there in 1971,[when Bedlington A pit closed],there was a district called "82's",in the Beaumont seam,and the Duke of Edinburgh and a big entourage of v.i.p.'s tagged alang wi him.
The deputy of that face told me in detail.the lengths they went to for him coming.The evidence was still there long after he went....!!
Like laying a mile [well,it seemed like a mile...!!],of duckboards,all the way inbye,so they wouldn't have to get there booties wet,whitewashed different places along the way,like
transfer points,etc,had everyone on the face ready and waiting for a signal,shearer man with his hand on the switch handle,button men with fingers on the conveyor belt start buttons,........[the proverbial "press-button start"..]
As soon as the Duke showed his head "under the low"[starting his crawl onto the coalface
which was 36 inches high...],the manager gave the pre-arranged signal to "GO",[start coalwork-in other words....!]
Every man at his station,started up the conveyor belts,simultaneously,then the shearer man switched the shearer on and started shearing away full speed up the coalface.
NOO THAT'S THE WAY TI TELL THE WORLD HOO BAD AND DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS A MINER;S JOB IS,ISN'T IT......WITH ALL SAFETY ASPECTS COVERED,LIKE THEY WOULDN'T NORMALLY BE,COS THEY WOULDN'T SPEND THE MONEY...NORMALLY.......[ask if your dad was in that district at the time,he might have been a bit young,not being disrespectful ti wor Russ,like,cos a divven't knaa hoo aad he is.....]
If yi check oot me pic of 20's t/gate,in the 3/4 seam,where it was a hell-hole,noo THAT'S
the place his Highness should have been taken,AND the chairman of the N.C.B.!
It was gud enough ti tek a Sqadron of R.A.F. fighter pilots doon thon stinking dangerous wet hole,and a think it was honest enough ti say that thon face,and 21's,23's,50's,and most of the other faces,at some point,were actually life-threatening places to work in...[DOON THE 3/4 DRIFT...I.E.]
...AND I'LL WAIT TI SEE IF ANY BODY WHO WORKED ON THEM,DISAGREES AND THINKS I'M EXAGGERATING.......[WI AAD AGE....!!!!!!!]