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Golborne colliery
Started by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Any ex Golborne men about ,pey partridge as posted before ,tuddy did you live in whelley now hindley green

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
handsomeminer i worked at golborne for a time.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
golborne was my next move from bold, people I met great people, shep was a character

Posted by: PeterP (6116) Report abuse
Not many of us around now a days

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
thats true

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Handsomeminer, Yes, I worked at Golborne and I lived in Whelley and then Hindley Green but I moved from there about twenty years ago. Give us a clue, who are you?


Whups, I got that photograph that you sent me, thanks mate.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Colin electrician from ince

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
no probs tuddy. got some of the last walk we had at golborne

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
happy days no one can replace them

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Hello Colin, long time no see, don't suppose you're still playing rugby,I was talking to you're old mate Owldin a few weeks back.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Tuddy are you Stey w

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
no it,s stey n.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Nice to here from you where you living now

Posted by: tonker (18999)   Report abuse
stay?

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
strange reply never mind

Posted by: evelyn (421) Report abuse
graneyjoseph,
You will get many strange comments from tonker. I have a feeling that he is one of those men who makes the bullets for someone else to fire

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
evelyn good to hear from you,handsomeminer is colin off that picture in parsonage workshop small world,I hope you are both well,

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Hello evelyn hope you and don are ok pass on my regards to don

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
colin are you in contact with shep?

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
i see him occasionally usually in a pub but ive no contact no for him

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
if you see him pass on my regards.colin my e-mail address is on guestbook including spelling mistake oops,

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Back in Whelley now Colin.

Posted by: dougie (3557)  Report abuse
Just a link Here to some photo's of Golborne Colliery, I've a friend that worked there named Mitch

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Mitch, is he that shy quiet feller who worked in the headings?

Posted by: dougie (3557)  Report abuse
That will be the one a very quiet chap

Posted by: geoff zx9 (inactive) Report abuse
Knew Syd Harrison sparks I think,Hes Godfather to one of My kids, also Alan int Lamp Shop

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
good days in the mines syd not sure if I know him

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
sid was chief lecky at the pit . i won the ciswo darts team ko with sid , ronnie lynn & dicky walls & dicky eccleston was our reserve . i do have a pic of when we won it & iv,e just put it in the golborne pictures selection .

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Hi Whups
Im due a sat afternoon round ashton shortly probably drop on you

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
not been out for a drink for over 2yrs now handsomeminer.have you seen the pic iv,e put on in the photos of wigan , it,s in the album & golborne colliery section.

Posted by: evelyn (421) Report abuse
Hi graneyjoseph and handsomeminer,
Yes Don told me that was Colin on the photo. We are both fine thank you. Don has no interest in computers but I let him know what and how you are all doing.
By the way Colin I like your Wigan World 'nom de plume'

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Hi Evelyn Don always made us welcome in the workshops a real gentleman

Posted by: evelyn (421) Report abuse
And a gentle man --- my soulmate.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Evelyn we all had some good times at parsonage both colin and myself best wishes to you both

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
anyone looked at the pic iv,e put on yet ? .

Posted by: evelyn (421) Report abuse
Joe and Colin
Don has always said that he doesn't miss work but does miss his workmates.
He still tells me funny stories of things that happened at Parsonage which I find amusing (sometimes overgrown schoolboys comes to mind ).

Posted by: evelyn (421) Report abuse
whups,
I looked at your photo on the day you put it on but I don't suppose I count.
Good photo by the way.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
hi evelyn overgrown schoolboys is probably a complementary description ,but i wouldn,t of missed it for the world

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
hi whups
good photo still see dicky walls occasionally still wearing the cap,worked with dicky eck,was syd a fitter on the surface,think ronnie lynn went working for gullicks ,dosn,t seem 2 years since i saw you round ashton

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
we are all young at heart evelyn

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
yep , just over 2 yrs now . thinkin of makin a comeback.

Posted by: Jumpin Jack Flash (101) Report abuse
I knew Sam Prior and i think he worked at Golborne, i don't know what he did there or when he started, but he often talked about the people he worked with, i think he left before the strike in 1984.

He was quite a character and always having a bit of fun and he was a keen fisherman as well.

It would be great if anyone remembered him and what he did there, he sadly passed away a few years ago.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
yep knew sammy . he lived for a time at downall green rd near brocksteads .

Posted by: bentlegs (4187) Report abuse
I think Sammy worked at Quaker house pit un till it closed & then went to Golbourne,He was a rum begger, loved a joke,

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
hi guys , just put another pic on the album section of our snooker team from 1981 . no doubt it will be in the work section under golborne colliery in the nean future.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Hi whups , if you couldn't beat them at snooker you could talk them to death, you all look so young there

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
i was 26 at the time . the others were in their early 20s.graney joseph is that colin richardson at the side of you in your pic ? .

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
is there only that,s keeping this thread going ? .

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
whups yes that is colin "handsomeminer" oops there goes his anonymity

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
it is, bret ? at my side came from Hapton Valley , Kenny Williams top right came from bold worked at golborne ,the tall Fellow at the back is Don his wife Evelyn posts on variuos mining threads taken in workshops at Parsonage 1990ish

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
how are you doing colin ? did you ask graham burke about mick gregson?,talk soon.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
are you still playing darts col ? .

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
whups colin said no not playing darts

Posted by: İartİ (6154) Report abuse
An 'owd friend o'mine worked at Kid Glove, drove the underground manrider I believe...Trevor(Bill)Jones.
any of you know him?

Posted by: phred (320)   Report abuse
Did my face training there in the late sixties,any body remember John Willie Fox,the shotfirer on the training face?

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
message for Whups ,Handsomeminer is having trouble logging on to wiganworld he as e-mailed me to say to let you know he is not playing darts anymore. "ART" where was kid glove pit or is it name for golborne or parsonge? I have heard the name mentioned before but recall which pit it referred to,the name trevor jones sounds familiar

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
graneyjoseph, if you type kid glove into the search box at the top of this page there's a thread about why Golborne colliery got that name, Colin will find it interesting as well.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
well done tuddy regards to you

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
tuddy I took your advice and looked on that link thanks

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Happy to help. Still laughing about some of those tales about Jeff Blackburn, whups must have a few tales about him.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
yes best time I had it was a pleasure going to work in those days hard work and laughter a great mix

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
tuddy I dont know if handsomemminer as got back on WW I know he can read but not send messages yet ,do you remember the names of the underground chargehands at Golborne ?

Posted by: tonker (18999)   Report abuse
Derek Wharton!

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Tonker I remember Derek Wharton I thought he was an assistant engineer ? the charge hands I can remember are Billy Hayes and Kenny Stevens cant recall the others.

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
I wasn't an electrician, but I remember all the lads you've mentioned. I think your right about Derek being an assistant engineer.I think Jackie Greenhalgh, the rugby referee was also an assistant engineer.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
tuddy your right about jackie greenalgh,tonker derek wharton "chinless" say no more. merry xmas

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
a few names to bring a smile to faces , jimmy rowlands ,bert james ,ernie rainford ,tommy horridge ,jimmy wood , dodger , some characters there

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
always enjoyed my days in the mines great mates lots of characters.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
yes tuddy , i can tell a few tales about jeff blackburn . had a few run-ins with him over the years .

Posted by: ashpad (84) Report abuse
When the tunnels to the Florida faces were being driven anyone remember the Indians that worked there for a short time they were training to be managers when they returned home to India.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
new plenty cowboys

Posted by: spud1 (1638) Report abuse
There was an Indian at Parkside in the early 60s who was a trainee manager!!,he was only looking after an ancient compressed air pump.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
i dont know about indians , but there was plenty cowboys at golborne LOL.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
to many with sheriff badges on.plodder at golborne coldest place I worked I knew the reason why good ventillation needed, go over to Bickershaw the plodder was hottest I ever worked Colin would vouch for that.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
hated working in plodder at golborne ,used to it nice and warm in florida ,also seemed freindlier set of men , maybee that was because i wasnt a regular in plodder

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
I remember working nights for a week in the plodder one winter, shortening at the bottom end of the face. Had to spend half an hour under the showers thawing out in the mornings. That was the only place that I wore a donkey jacket while working on the face. But as you say there was a need for good ventilation in the plodder. Went from there to S12, working in just a pair of football shorts.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
That was a hard place to work but the people we worked with made up for it

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Colin just to let you know Ste Dixon as been in contact on my blog site,

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
has anyone on here seen tuddy,s blog on general called "thatchers hit list did exist" & some of the comments that some of the jokers on here have put on it . take a look guys & vent your spleen on them especially that none of them worked in the industry & never suffered under the torys . true thatcherites all of them.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
whups I read tuddys blog other people are allowed their opinions but we got the T-shirts.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
i understand that , but it,s hard to take from the idiots on here who never worked in the industry & never suffered under thatcher . there on here just to stir the shit.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
whups we lived through 12mths and came out stronger we worked with people who watched their backs and ours for safety reasons I will never forget that comradeship.worked hard had some laughs,

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
i think it,s mark isnt it , i agree with wot you say but some who reply on this site do so out of ignorance & malice which comes out in their replies . the others quote bent facts & figures & will not admit the truth even wen stevie wonder can see it .yes we did have some laughs ,but it was more or less killed with the strike & the bonus scheme which was more so at golborne.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
dont let them get to you our memories are stronger

Posted by: tonker (18999)   Report abuse
In addition to what Whups has said, the bonus scheme came first and caused the rift before the strike and led to a lack of support within the workforce.
Could there be a strong possibility that the bonus scheme was engineered that way?

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Food for thought tonker, but I think the bonus scheme came in about 1977ish, that's before Thatcher came to power. I'm pretty sure there was a ballot about a bonus scheme when I first started in 1974, and it was rejected, but it was still introduced a few years later. You know the old saying, "where there's a scheme there's a schemer".

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
sorry to disagree tuddy ,but the bonus scheme came in when i started in c9 about 1980 & thatcher was in power. it was designed to stockpile coal at the same time to split miners who suddenly went from council houses to detached properties because of the money they were making . except for us at golborne who.s face men made their own deal with the manager & left the rest of us out to dry. it was,nt much fun when you came to draw your money only to see the typists at anderton house who were on the area bonus getting more than us who was working near the face & on the pit bonus,as we were drawing sometimes half of what they got in bonus.and just to add insult to injury we had a ballot on whether to accept the bonus scheme or not , we voted as an area 2-1 not to have it . so much for ballots.

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
You could be right whups, but I thought the bonus scheme was introduced a bit earlier. I started coal face training at the end of 1978, and I seem to remember being paid 75% of the face bonus while I was training, but I could be wrong, it was a year or two back.

Posted by: broady (12653)   Report abuse
whups,
With all that seemed wrong why didn't you pull the plug and go into a different Industry? I certainly wouldn't have stopped anywhere I thought I was being shat upon.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
because i,d took a loan out to get my central heating done so i could,nt afford to leave .

Posted by: tonker (18999)   Report abuse
Most other industries paid better money. And look at the redundancy payments the miners were given compared to the likes of the Gas Board and the Water Board.

My wages at Parkside were poor. Very poor.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
bonus payments have always been good if you get a good bonus ,redundancy payments I would rather have been in a job I loved, production of coal is missed .years to come when we are gone coal is still there to late .

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
your right tonker as other national industries got upto 4 times what the miners got .looks like your a biker tonker , you may know a mate of mine who was at parkside jimmy hodson.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Hi Joe remember Kenny going in to sort some bunus out with Tony MgGarry & coming out with a big orange

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Hi Colin, he would have ate it himself,Seriously Tony was the best boss I worked with,do you remember the pineapples we shared

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
sure do yes tony was a good boss ,remember gibbo when we asked him did he want some pineapple and he asked have you got a tin opener

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
gibbo that was just like him he earned the name gobbo good bloke though

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
If any ex Golborne men are interested the next Golborne ex miners meeting will be held at Golborne bowling club, next to All Saints church, on Wednesday January 29th at 7pm.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
To far for me tuddy,

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
I'll get one of the leccys to set up a video link.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
tuddy good idea have a good night,

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
talking to alan parr on tuesday & he was going to the meeting . he was saying that there may be another walk . can you get more info on this tuddy ? .

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
is that alan parr the electrician ?

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
yes it is joe , he,s just lost his wife .

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
I am sorry to hear that whups .not a good start to the year my thoughts are with him and his family

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
yep me to .

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
people we know and worked with sadly pass away but our memories dont,I am still waking up in the mornings I think

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
we need to take care a lot of stress being an electrician

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
stress affects everybody in all walks of life and family life keeping our heads above water I think our parents had it harder only my opinion,

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
whups, yes, there is a walk and service being planned to mark the 35th anniversary of the Golborne colliery explosion. Eric Foster is working hard to organize it.It will probably be on Sunday 16th March, but not confirmed yet. I'll post again after the meeting on Wednesday.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
ok ste , i,ll pass that info on.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
good luck with that they will always be remembered

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
who,s the tall guy behind in your pic joe ? .

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
don armstrong on the pictures of parsonage it names us all have a look at it let me know when you see it that picture was taken in 1991 I forgot all about it that is what got me on to Wiganworld let me know whups

Posted by: evelyn (421) Report abuse
As graney and handsome know " the tall guy " is my soulmate

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
and a top bloke to how are you both evelyn?

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
iv,e put this on the old boston thread joe . i remembered his name , it,s kevin sharkey .

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
your right sharkey was a character sadly not here no more godbless

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
the government asked for an apology on the way they treated the miners during the strike,I personally want nothing off them.

Posted by: phred (320)   Report abuse
They won't even pay out for my lungs!

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
sorry about your health phred ,

Posted by: PeterP (6116) Report abuse
Many a time I have been asked if the pits where still open would I still be working there I reply I have pit dust in my blood and after nearly 45yrs working I would still be there because I would not have known anything different in my life(only did just short of 20yrs at the pit) I count myself lucky I have only minor battle scars. A Broken finger and a blue scar on my arm, Two bad knees and slightly deaf but I am still aliveMany an ex-pitman where not so lucky Ill health has blighted many men some who where not old at the time due to the conditions down the mine( dust/heat/water)to name a fewThe government are slowly admitting these where dire conditions to work in and are very slowly compensating ex-pitmen but in most cases it is too little and to late these men are no longer with us or to ill to enjoy their retirement years

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
lets be honest they arnt goin to give us anything are they least of all an apology. we got a pittance compared with other nationalised industries on payouts & claims .who ever worked in the pits must have dust in their lungs , but trying to get anything for it is another thing.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
true but they will find a way out.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
for anyone interested in the disaster walk . planned for-
sun 16th march - assemble @ 1-30 - 2-00pm at the queen anne-procession starts between 2-00 & 2-30 . after church refreshments at the catholic club near the naylors club.
come 1 come all as i,m sure our lads wont let us down.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
good luck with the walk I am sure it will be well attended and rightly so.

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
I'll be on the march on the 16th, along with my wife and 3 grown up daughters and not forgetting our Grandson. I was working at Bold on the Sunday of the explosion and could'nt believe what at happened but it was all confirmed when I got home to Stubshaw. Did'nt know the lads, people spoke of them when I moved to Kidglove from Bold in Jan 1986.
To get the ball rolling !!! does anyone remember the mad Scotsman Alex Bole ??? he was at Bold, Golborne, Parsonage and Parkside along with me and I believe he unfortunitly passed away some years ago.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
campfire I knew alex worked on the same face at bold with him he worked the advanced heading on T26 ,sadly passed away a while ago as a result of cancer.good bloke. What is your name Campfire?

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
Hi graneyjoseph- Ste Stonehouse, started on the Belts, Re-rip and then into drivages. My dad was Ernie Stonehouse and passed away in 1992. Our Frank was also at Bold, Golborne and Parsonage but finished when Parsonage folded. I do remember your name but cant seem to put a face to it !!!. Lot of water has gone under the bridge as they say...

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
I remember you Ste ,sorry to hear about your dad great bloke I worked in the trencherbone seams also W16 Ithink you worked in the south dip area ,the photo on my blog and this thread I am bottom left you will also know Kenny Williams top right ,top left is Colin Richardson you would have known from golborne and parsonage,good to hear from you .best regards to you and Frank.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
i knew alex bole well & my mate colin hayes knew him quite well too.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
good times whups not to be forgotten.

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
Hi whups - I worked with Colin at Golborne in the headings, along with Pete Smith from Atherton and Rod Blackhurst from Wigan. Made goods friends with Colin and had a few good pints with him, was one of the strongest men I have ever known and a gentle giant until he flipped... Only seen him flip a couple of times and was glad I was on the same side as him, even if I was only holding his coat and watching his pint.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Ste do you remember Bob Potts from bold giant of a man.

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
Certainly do Joe, when I transfered from Golborne to Parsonage I worked with Big Bob in a Dosco heading, along with Trevor Gurry and another Gurry from Abram, his Dad was a Overman at Golborne but names have gone !!!. Did you know that Bob had a Brother who was bigger than him??? but didnt work in the Pit, I think he worked at Bulldog Tools in Wigan. I've seen him once and if you think Bob was big you should have seen this fellow... When Bob took his money, he took over the Bell Green Pub in Higher Ince and was'nt there long before they won a small furtune on Littlewoods pools. Not seen him since, hope he is still with us.. still recall his size 15 steel boots though.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
yes a big lad ,hes probably got a bar in spain good luck to him,I preferred parsonage to golborne the lads at golborne were great didnt like the upper management on the electrical side, one was ok frank clarke from bold ken lowe was ok to.

Posted by: evelyn (421) Report abuse
Campfire,
The overmans name was Alf Gurhy.
I remember the Potts boys who lived in Ince not far from where I lived. They were a lovely family and their mother was a very tall lady too. I believe Bob still lives in Ince.

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
Evelyn - nice to hear that big Bob is still going, thanks for advising about Alf.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Ste on the parsonage picture site evelyns husband Don is top right ,top man too.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
who are you campfire as i,ll mention you to colin as he will be visiting me shortly.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Hi evelyn , hope you & Don are o/k ,as always your correct Alf Gurhy was an overman at Golborne ,his son trevor also worked their

Posted by: PeterP (6116) Report abuse
Whups Campfire is Ste Stonehouse

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
yes we hope you and don are well.

Posted by: evelyn (421) Report abuse
Hi handsomeminer and Joe, yes we are both fine and we thank you both for enquiring about two old cronies.

We hope the same goes with you "young ones "

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Handsomeminer, I think Trevor is Alf's nephew, John is his son.

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
tuddy - Thats correct, Trevor is Alf's Nephew. I still see Trevor from time to time and he still lives in Bamfurlong. Do you remember his Brother In Law Ste Sudworth, he was a electrician at Parkside????

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Evelyn and Don age is but a number our minds are still young.and these recollection keep it that way.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
hi Tuddy dont remember John were did he work

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
yes campfire i knew suddy . it was a shame wot happened to him . was,nt he trev gurry,s brother-in-law .

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
Hi whups - thats correct ... I see Trevor from time to time. Did you work at Parkside?

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
I think John was a beltmon, not sure if he did his face training before Golborne closed.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
no i did,nt ste . wen golborne finished i finished in the pits.

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
Hi whups - are you going on the anniversary march tomorrow in Golborne?

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
i planned on goin , but colin did,nt fancy goin . so it ruled me out .

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
I hope it gets the attention of the media ,it will be well attended good luck to the people who are going.

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
Joe - it was really well attended, standing room only in the Church. The Church choir, Parkside Male Voice Choir and Children from 3 local Primary Schools provided the support for the singing. The service was well thought out and presented nicely and must have been appreciated throughout... Went back to the Catholic Club for some light refreshments and a spot of socialising and I was still coughing up coal dust this morning ....

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Ste I can imagine all the memories that must have been told,glad it was a good day to remember a very sad time for both golborne families and ex-miners.not just golborne miners but all miners.

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
I don't know about light refreshments,there was so much food on some of them plates leaving the buffet table you needed a Pickrose engine and two lashing chains to move them.


But, yes, your right Ste, it was a nice service and well attended.

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
Ste - how did you remember a Pickrose haulage engine ????. Nice one... however, regarding "lashing on" did you ever master the technique of it?? only joking... Reverting back to the "Jack Bit" did you see the full plates that Parky took home??? not mentioning the pies he had in his pocket. It was a sad occassion but it was great to see and speak to the lads, even though I knew their faces I still needed to ask them their names, not to worry as I was was called John, Frank, Bill and few others as the day went on. Great day and a good turn out.


Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
hopefully it will become an annual event .

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
I thought that I could lash on when I left Old Boston, then when I started on the haulage the bloke who was training me could do it one handed. Regarding names and faces on Sunday, I found it easier to remember nicknames: Skunkyed, Whippetyed, Emptyed, Wigwhamyed, etc.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
I can imagine the tales retold.there was a shedyed amongst many.

Posted by: tonker (18999)   Report abuse
We had a 'Rubberyed' at Parkside!

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
there was a bungalowyed at bickershaw you can guess why he got the name.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
skunkyed= kenny williams, whippetyed = karl bryant ( ponzer jr ).

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
whups that cant be the kenny williams on the picture with me and colin can it ?.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
diffrent Kenny joe

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
thanks colin it did get me a bit puzzled,do you remember bungalowyed cant remember his real name?.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
remember the name joe cant put a face to it ,can you remember what bunkermouths name was, he had a brother brian worked at golborne

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
What is it with pitmen and yeds?

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
kenny williams was on the haulage in the crummy. ponzer worked in the crummy then got on the surface through a shadow on his lungs .i,ll bet ponzer was there on sunday wasnt he ste .

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Colin I can see and hear bunkermouth, struggling to put a name to it .somebody will know.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
there was a lad with the surname wallwork or similar worked at golborne his name just popped up in the memories he worked at golborne.he wasnt bunkermouth though.

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Yea, Young Ponzer was there Brian, but he's not that young now.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
photo in this weeks observer looked like Nobby & Brian C carrying banner

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
yes iv,e cut it out colin.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
colin ,whups can either of you put these photos on WW.?

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
i,ll try joe , but it will be in the album section of photo,s of wigan.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
ok thanks whups.

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
There was also some photo's in the Wigan Evening Post, I think it was on Tuesday, Mitch was on one of them.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
thanks tuddy I will have a look.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
iv,e cut out the pic from the observer & uploaded it & if accepted it will be on either album or golborne colliery in the works pics.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
thanks whups have a good weekend .

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
as nobody put a name to bunkermouth yet,?

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
for anyone who remembers taffy , he passed away on saturday.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
another miner left us R.I.P .

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Brian, when he finished at the pit did he start a roofing business?

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
thoughts with our mining mates have a good weekend ,obama as gone home he didnt buy a round next time perhaps .

Posted by: tonker (18999)   Report abuse
Did you know ...... Golborne Colliery was one of the 'Haydock Collieries' from 1880 until 1947?

Along with over 20 others too! (Wigan? Coalopolis? )

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
where have you been tonker ?.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
yes he did ste & he died on a roof in scotland while mixing business with pleasure .

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
tonkers been on his holidays to sunny wigan

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
did he have his injections.

Posted by: tonker (18999)   Report abuse
Holiday in Wigan? That's rich! I've been grafting, again!

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
good on yer,

Posted by: tonker (18999)   Report abuse
It's not good at all! I should have my feet up by now!!

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
where abouts in wigan tonks its a big city

Posted by: tonker (18999)   Report abuse
Handsomeminer - Replied: 11th Sep 2014 at 05:52

'Ast' pissed i'bed?

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
another classic from tonker.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
just earning a crust tonker

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
colin take a look on the pics of wigan in album . there,s a couple of rugby pics on there of wigan rugby union going on tour to the usa & dublin . dave ruddy is on the dublin trip , but the big lad standing next to him worked at golborne & i cant remember his name . i think he was either a fitter or lekkie.there on page 2 in album.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
morning Brian just had a look dont know the lad stood next to david ,think the lad your on about is dave mccoombes who was an electrician in the plodder he played at wigan r u dont think hes on that photo

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Colin,I remember Dave McCoombes from plodder,do you remember Tony Redford played for Salford,?.I started at old boston same time as him.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
certainley do joe tony,s well up with south african rugby league ,he came over with the team the world cup before the last one

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
good luck to him,his only fault was hanging around with chris clarkson,

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
I think Chris had a few rough years after the pit shut ,think he lost his wife ,last time i heard he was living down south coast somewhere

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
sorry to hear about his wife,I think it as been mentioned before on another thread.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
i think it maybe him colin . tony redford is a mutli millionare from wot david austin tells me & lives on the coast . he married his business partners wife after he passed away.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
that sounds like tony .good luck to him but it seems he as had that,

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Whups do you ever see out of Richard Walker

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
not seen him for years colin.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
colin thats a name from the past not a bad bloke,

Posted by: tonker (18999)   Report abuse
Mick Duff? Barry Briers?

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Think I saw Richard at the anniversary march.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
tonker i started with mick & barry if i remember right they transfered to parkside around the time they came out of their time ,I beleive Micks done ok for himself running his own company ,not heard about barry since he transferred his dad Alf was a face overman at golborne ,think a lad called Glyn Tither transferred at same time who became a bobby

Posted by: tonker (18999)   Report abuse
Mick works for a company called Harath, part of Chloride, doing UPS systems. They're on the South Lancashire estate in Ashton.

Baz still lives in Haydock, near my mum. Here He Is!

Glyn made it to Inspector, has retired and now lives near me.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
i feel like a right failure now tonker

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Colin your not a failure to all the people who know you me included.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Thanks Joe thats a nice comment

Posted by: PeterP (6116) Report abuse
Used to be my get out clause with my wife if I did out wrong "Don't ask me I am just a thick pitmon" After reading this thread I will drop this saying

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
I think weve all used that when it suited peter

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Golborne ex miners A.G.M. will take place on Wednesday 4th February at 7pm in Golborne community bowling club. All ex Golborne men are welcome to attend.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
tuddy have a good night pass on my regards.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
are you going tuddy ? .

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Thanks Joe, will do.

Yea Bri, All being well I'll be there.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
perhaps Colin might go being a man of leisure from friday.

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
tuddy - can us Golborne / ex-Bold lads attend.

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
tuddy - can us Golborne / ex-Bold lads attend.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
if you worked at golborne yes i think you can attend ste.

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
That's right, you can all attend. Next meeting, Wednesday May 6th, same time, same place.

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
Is it pie and peas or butties ????

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
you all enjoy ,,black peas and green bank butties seasoned with snuff and coal dust.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
their still cleaning scufftin from under the tables ,tuddy does Frankn Waterworth ever show up

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Colin thats a name from the past,

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Colin do you remember one time when we was working at parsonage and having our sandwiches and Shep opened he,s and looked at the contents and threw them away he did it the next day saying cheese again mouldy,the next day before he could throw them away we looked at them they were cheese with chives, good old Shep mouldy cheese ,

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Certainly do joe

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Colin big day tomorrow for you,enjoy

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Do my best joe start of a new phase of life

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Colin certainly is look at life differently ,good luck.

Posted by: evelyn (421) Report abuse
Hopefully Colin gives his lovely Chris breakfast in bed EVERY morning

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Evelyn a nice thought it might happen.

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
No Colin, big Frank dose'nt attend the meetings, I saw him after the anniversary walk last year. I think his daughter made the buffet.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
saw him in ashton about a month or so ago.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
thats good not seen him since 1986 or there abouts .

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Used see them both & Mrs water worth at cricket. Nice family

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
hi guys, does anyone remember a lekki called ian cross ? .

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
whups hope you are fine ,Ian cross not known to me if Colin reads this he might know him,best regards whups.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
I remember him whups not seen him for years finished in the pits a long time before the strike,he'd finished years before you came over Joe I'd guess he'd be about your age possibly a little older

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Colin best regards to you ,this site as brought a lot of memories back long may it continue,you all have a great weekend.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Whups have you heard anything of another electrician from ashton John Berry ( bezzer) think he went South Africa around time of explosion,heard he came back about 10 year ago but not sure

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
i hav,nt colin ,richy walker told me ages ago that bezzer had gone off the rails. met ian in tom & gerrys in ashton over the weekend . i vaguely remember him as he said he worked in c9 on the staple shaft. he says he finished 6 months after the explosion .

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Just had a phone call from Eric Foster. The next Golborne ex miners meeting is this Wednesday,May 6th at 7pm in Golborne Bowling Club (next to All Saints church). All welcome.

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
Thanks Ste - much appreciated.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
listen guys , iv,e heard a rumour that snowy cavanagh has passed on. if you went to the meeting ste maybe something was said.

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Unfortunately it's true Brian, his funeral was last Friday.
R.I.P. Snowy.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
yes ste , bad news all round. i was only talking to him in aldi in ashton about a month ago.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
R.I.P. Snowy

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
always sad to lose a member of our mining community god bless to snowy and his family,

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
totally unexpected this one. does anyone know how he died ? .

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Apparently it was due to an aneurysm, quite sudden.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Don't want to be morbid but I wonder who,ll be the last golborne mon left

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
as long as he puts the lights out,buying the local paper I am getting like my Dad checking the obituary page,not seen mine yet.

Posted by: soreen (31) Report abuse
Brian Goulding was a briccy at ypur pit. He liveed in A-in-Mak. Left to start a building business in mid 70s. He lives in Spain.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
soreen good luck to him .life is what youm make of it well done to him.

Posted by: alfranco (2)  Report abuse
Hi Handsomeminer just seen your post did you know My Dad Allen France he worked at Parsnidge Sadly no longer with us passed away 2003.He lived in Whelley.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Sorry alfranco the name dosnt ring a bell,maybe graney Joe may remember

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Colin sadly no,perhaps Evelyn and Don might know if they are reading this ,I hope somebody will be able to help.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Sadly Brian Rosser passed away yesterday RIP Brian

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
R.I.P. Brian.

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
How old was he Colin?

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Think he was 59/60 stey

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
I thought he'd be about that age, not old at all.

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
Ste / Colin - Was it Brian who worked in the headings with Colin Farrell ??? If it is, I worked with them at Golborne in the drivages Me, Brian, Colin and Trevor Gurry.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Ste they will get back to you ,I know those names ,good luck to you and Frank,Merry Christmas to you and your family and all that know us ,God bless to you all .

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Yes it was campfire

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
What a quartet that was, Rosser, Farrell, Gurhey, and your good self.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Have you seen out of any of the farrells stey

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
Handsomeminer - I bumped into Colin Farrell ages ago, in Stubshaw Cross Labour club of all places and I was surprised.. as he had is Son with him... I had no idea that he had been married (he was then separated) and had a family !!! Their Sammy, I've not seen him since I left Golborne for Parsonage.
We used to joke to both Colin and Sammy about their blow up doll !!! we said they were to tight to buy their own and would share the same one. I've tried to remember the her name but for the life of me I can't..
It's a pity I can't ask Rosser, as he would have remembered.
Never mind.. RIP Brian and I have some great memories that I could talk about for ages.

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
Hi Joe.. All the best to yourself and the family. Don't over do the merriment !!! and make yourself ill. We are all getting any younger.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
absolutely Ste enjoy yours as well.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Cheers campfire I havnt seem any of them for over 20 years despite living close to them did you know teddy their dad

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Colin, no, I've not seen any of the Farrells for a few years. I do remember their dad, Teddy, very well. I used to catch the bus in Scholes with him. He got hit with the Eimco bucket when we were on the rip on one of the six feet faces. He refused to get on a stretcher, and walked out to the rider. They don't make em like that any more!

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Indeed they don't stey

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
Colin - unfortunately I didn't meet their Dad Teddy. as I transferred from Bold on the 6th Jan 86 (I remember it well) I think he had retired.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
there was also another Teddy Farrell who was an overman at both Bold and Bickershaw in the plodder district,sadly he died on his way to work of an heart attack.he had a son Eddie who also worked in the mines.Colin would of known his dad you to Ste(campfire).

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
Hi Joe.. I do remember Teddy Farrel at Bold, he lived at Bryn and I also remember him passing away going to Total Fitness, I'll take a guess at 1982???. His Son went to Parsonage and was nicknamed Bushack due to him always shouting BUSHACK when he was breaking lumps at the bottom of the face with the 14lb hammer.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Hi joe ,I remember him we used to have a laugh with him , didn't know Bushack was his son

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Ste, it would have been about 1990/91 when Eddie's dad, passed away, it was while they were both working at Parsonage. The Bickershaw men moved to Parsonage about 1990, and it closed in 1992.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
1990ish I think Ste.your right I forgot the bushshack nickname.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
End of an era gentlemen

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Seasons greetings to all friends and ex colleagues

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
and the same from me to, have a great one.

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
All the best Gentlemen for the festive season, hope you and the family enjoy it and best wishes also for the New Year.
Memories also for the lads who are no longer wish us.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Well said campfire

Posted by: tonker (18999)   Report abuse
Whups - Sorry, but I didn't notice your post to me last year!
As a belated answer ..... Yes, I do know Jimmy. I never knew him to work at Parkside, though. I thought he was at Parsonage!

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
just to let you guys know that roy southworth died last tuesday.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
That's a shame Brian R I P Roy

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Brian Colin another of our mining friends ,sympathies and respect to his family.R.I.P. Roy.

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
I was talking to Dave (Roy's Son) at the Latics game on Saturday and gave him my mobile so he can advise me of the arrangements for his Dads funeral...He is away next week and the funeral may be when he gets back.

I don't want to miss the funeral, so could any WW member post the arrangements when they hear anything ???? Ta..

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Sorry to hear about Roy, I always got on well with him.
The last time I spoke to him was at Tommy Hampson's funeral,about eight years ago.

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
Hi Tuddy...How's things with you matey ???

Roy used to go watching Wigan Athletics on a Season ticket in the west stand and just before the game we would see each other and have a chat. Unfortunately, over the last 2 years Roy wasn't able to go as often due to ill health but their Dave would use the ticket and he would nip round before the game for a chat and update on his Dad..

Sad loss for the family..I respected Roy as a person and for being a fair Overman at the Pit. I didn't really know Roy that well personally only at the match and the odd time when we met up but what little bit I did know about him and my contact at the Pit was always well received.

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Doing O.K.thanks, nice to hear from you. let us know if you hear when Roy's funeral is, I've got a couple of weeks off work, so I should be able to attend.

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
Will do Ste... I think it will be whups who will be advising us of the arrangements.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
we will remember him regards to his family.

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
Dave Southworth has contacted me this evening and advised that the funeral for his Dad (Roy) in on Monday 4th April at Wigan Crematorium, commencing at 13:00, then moving on to Golborne / Parkside Rugby Club.
I believe the club is just past Golborne High School on the left and signposted..

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Ste I saw your comments on PLACES .Richard Walker he got a mention on here a couple of years ago,I am glad he as been seen and is ok,along with Colins best wishes pass on mine as well.best regards.

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
Will do Joe...

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Ste thanks,I wonder how Charlie Fox is doing ?.have a good weekend.

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Thanks for the details Ste, I should be able to make it.

Posted by: PeterP (6116) Report abuse
Nice turn out for Roy's funeral people stood outside no room in the crem building proves he was a well liked bloke.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
PeterP another miner gone sad.

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
Showed my respects today and it was well attended. Some old faces and some fond memories spoken about. Like always, there was coal dust everywhere....but in a nice way !!!
would have liked to go for a pint afterwards but was unable to, did you for a drink afterwards PeterP???

Posted by: PeterP (6116) Report abuse
Campfire went to the club had a coffee and a nice chinwag with both of Roy's sons and fellow pitmen who I have not seen since the pit finished.

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
I was thinking when we were stood outside of the chapel, there must have been close on a thousand years of combined skill, knowledge, and experience assembled there, and it won't be passed on to anyone.

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
Your truly right Ste...the skills and knowledge are slowly being a thing of the past. Another 20 years and then there's none..

Posted by: PeterP (6116) Report abuse
When I started at St Helens college in 1969 most of the mining books were already 20/30 years out of date Today I bet there are not many books around about modern mining methods and even the miners who have just been made redundant do not have the skills to open a new mine

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
I remember starting there 1967 and the head of the mining part was a mr dickie he brow beat us in to buying 2 mining volumes,long gone now,

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
just letting you know that young ponzer- carl bryan has passed away.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
sad news another of our brothers gone Brian.sympathies to his family R.I.P. Carl .

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
RIP young ponzer

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
R.I.P matey....

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
hi ste, seen the blog about fracking by tommy 2 stroke. wot a numpty.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Orgreave inquiry rejected no surprise well done to those who tried.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
did you expect anything else joe ? . it aint over yet.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
no Brian they have had one humiliation with Hillsborough cant afford another.it goes on like you say.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Our day will come

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
absolutely Colin.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
hi guys , the trolls are at work on the orgreave blog. take a look at 2 strokes comments on miners.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
two strokes where that come from.

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (1778) Report abuse
whupsy

So you are picking on me in this topic too

My great grandad was a Ewer in the mines and he worked at the Blundells Colliery in Pemberton and he lived in a two up two down terraced house on Billinge Road in Pemberton, with his twenty kids, three of whom were stillborn (I got all that information from the the 1911 census entry) so I have got miners blood running through my veins

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
listen 2 stroke this is our blog for those who worked at golborne & you,ve been having a go yourself hav,nt you. you wont get any sympathy on this blog.i dont care on your so-called background as it,s you that has,nt done a tap in the mining industry. wait til some of the lads on here see your replies on the orgreave blog about miners & your pics of thatcher & scargill getting arrested at orgreave on your fracking blog.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Brian well said.

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (1778) Report abuse
So you don't want me

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
absolutely NOT.

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (1778) Report abuse
Reet then I am going to go and have a sulk

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
GOOD.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Iam sure I heard the noise of toys falling out of the pram.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
no doubt joe.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
.have a good weekend Brian.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Whups ,talking to Gary jelling tonight he's good sends his regards

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Colin you have a good weekend plenty of rugby on this weekend

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
And you too Joe

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
glad he,s ok colin. tell him i,m thinking of making a comeback LOL.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Haha will do Brian tell us when your first match is I,ll come and watch

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
do you know harry shep has moved down south .

Posted by: tonker (18999)   Report abuse
"My great grandad was a Ewer ..."

Posted by: PeterP (6116) Report abuse
Tonker could have been worse it could have been your great grandma

Posted by: Campfire (580)   Report abuse
Brian...do you see anything of Colin Hayes??

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
yes i do ste. r u after him ? .

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
good wishes to all my friends on WW including tonker big moon tomorrow ,god bless to you all,

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
thanx joe. if anyone knows frank prior who worked at golborne he,s in whiston with a stroke.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
good luck on a full recovery for him.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
guys have you seen the ad on bbc 1 for the documentary on the last pit closure ? . starts next monday @ 9 oclock. no doubt ste garner will be on it.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
I will be watching and recording it.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
did anyone watch it ? . did you get emotional . hard to take was,nt it guys.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Brian I watched it yes very emotional recorded it for future use.

Posted by: xxstuartxx (5799) Report abuse
did you get emotional


Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
your right joe. i didnt think i would be but i suffered every emotion i could. if we are like this in the 1st episode then i shudder to see wot were going to be like after next weeks episode when they close it down.

Posted by: xxstuartxx (5799) Report abuse
but i suffered every emotion i could

Did you suffer embarrassment, envy, they're emotions?

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
It brought a lot of memories back Whups. I could almost taste that chewing tobacco and smell those safety lamps. Did'nt see anything of Ste though, mustn't have been his shift.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
your right ste. see the trolls are active.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
no surprises there.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Question for both Ste and Brian,what was the low seam at Golborne with the trepanner being the coalcutter.?

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
i,m not sure joe as there was a lot in the florida seam . L12,L20,L19 . etc.

Posted by: PeterP (6116) Report abuse
Joe I think it was L12 because this was the lowest worked section in the Lower Florida.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Brian now you mention Florida light bulb comes on yes your right Roy Southworth overman .have a good weekend

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
PeterP yes your right ,going down the face toolbag tied to the ankle on your belly crawling down the face,the amount of coal produced amazing have a good weekend.

Posted by: PeterP (6116) Report abuse
Joe can remember during the holidays they stopped coal production on L12. During this time the face still had to be inspected and I can remember turning my battery round putting it on the side of the panzer and using the cutter chain to haul myself along the face because I am that tall at 6ft 1in I could barely crawl along the face which was around the 3ft mark in height

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
PeterP yes confined spaces training never mentioned but the coal produced amazing ,we had Florida at Bold but the seam was 4ft.at least ,happy days .looking forward to BBC1 monday second programme on Kellingly tissues ready

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
The lowest face that I knew at Golborne was H.12. in the Higher Florida seam. We had to use special short shovels as it was too low to use a normal shovel, about a metre high at most. I can't remember if the cutter was a trepanner or a shearer, I didn't work on there regularly, but I think the powered supports were made by Dowty and not Gullicks. Chris Southworth will know.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
L12 was pretty low ste. i had to go on it once with austin garnett crawled all the way down it into the return.it,s goin to be very emotional on monday.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
still a must watch though glass of Irish malt and tissues handy.

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Austin Garnett, now there's a blast from the past,I wonder if he's still around.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
i think he,s passed on ste.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Austin Garnett defiantly a blast from the past ,H12 took 42 inch of coal, dowry chicks had flatter bottoms and tops ,and shearer so on the face

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Hi Colin,just watched Kellingly very emotional cant believe the age of some of the miners one said he was 55 he looked older,but good programme good luck to them for the future.can you imagine jimmy crooks selling Mercedes.

Posted by: PeterP (6116) Report abuse
Joe I also watched the Big K which employed 450 men,How many of them found fresh employmentEvery so often I see Jimmy Crookes in the supermarket and its nearly 10yrs ago since he was on telly with Alf Moulineux and Fred Dibnah

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
You've got a good memory Colin. So if the cut was 42 inch on H12, it was probably at least 6 inches lower under the supports, so about 36 inches working height. I remember that it wasn't high enough for some fellers to kneel up and answer the call of nature.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
yes joe it,s because of chasing that bonus carrot wot did it.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Brian they didnt get the payments we got the tories put a limit on the payment,every school should show that programme and see what real men are.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Yes stey a bit lower than that ,Joe your right about how old the men looked

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
i worked near the face joe & all i got was a £10 a week pit bonus while the typists at anderton house got £25 a week on the area bonus. our own men sold us down the river.how much money was the face men on in the plodder ? .

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
the face men at bickershaws Plodder were on something like £20 per day,myself and Cclin were on £15 per day along with the other 3 lads on our installation team,we had to negotiate our bonus ourselves but if we worked along side of the Plodder men we didnt get their bonus.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Hi Joe ,iam sure the lower Florida faces L19 , L12 and L20 had all finished when you came over from Bold ,I worked on all the higher Florida faces don't remember you down there but obviously could be wrong I don't remember Roy southward there either ,could have been the Ince 6ft you where on that was quit low and I think Roy worked on them, I never liked working in the Plodder where you was for obvious reasons plus it was very cold, me and shep where sent into the Plodder a couple of days after the explosion to check things over not a nice experience 2 grown men literally holding hands

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Plodder was freezing because of the ventillation for obvious reasons,I liked working with the lads ,jimmy clarke ,brian southworth and the others ,if frank clarke hadnt been in charge of the electrical day to day running I would of been frozen out new kid on the block,we did the right thing going on that installation team had some great times,

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
well guys i can assure you that was all we got bonus money . i remember martin eden going to bickershaw & telling me how much more bonus mooney they got compared to golborne. colin roy southworth came into those areas when C9 started & then on from C11 & S7 until it shut.

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
L12 was operating when I started at Golborne in 1975,it was the first district that I worked in. L20 would have started a year or two after that. Joe Moss was the overman in the Lower Florida when I started.

Posted by: PeterP (6116) Report abuse
Tuddy you mean the tazmanian devil who used to be running about like a headless chicken He was one of them who was brain washed/dead who kept saying aye the pit will shut when I retire He soon learned when he finished he was but a number and the pit was still there

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Tasmanian Devil, That's a good description of Joe, he was never still. Ten stone of temper! He was always okay with me when I first started though, he got my money made up, never turned me down for overtime.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Joe also worked on the higher Florida faces I always got on with him looked after men's money

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
dont forget bill jones ste.

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (2924)  Report abuse
Bentlegs you say you did a spell at Quaker House ,what time period was it? and also did you know any of these ,
Wilf Winstanley, cutter on face, thom Winstanley (Wilf's dad) Jimmy Harrison, "BIG"Bob Witherington, just a few i am keen to know if any one knew my dad,he was in a roof fall one christmas time later DONALD found him work "on top" My dad had a lot of time for OWNER DONALD ANDERSON, more so for he found him some gardening work at his house in PARBOLD on saturday's till dinner ,i suppose it was his way of topping his wage up a bit ,for up to the accident dad was earning good money on face, then wallop on top.So hope to hear from you.

Posted by: spud1 (1638) Report abuse
If you thought a seam 42 inch high was low,Brackley Colliery had one just 22 inch high,I went there on a visit around 1955,the colliers used flat spades,another strange thing was,there was a branch of the Bridgewater Canal running through the workings.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
spud1 thats amazing that wasnt coal it was gold,it must of been top quality coal.

Posted by: spud1 (1638) Report abuse
I did my training in the M/c area,based at Howe Bridge Pit,and the training Pit was Newtown Colliery,Brackley was close to and we went on a visit,I think the coal was from the Arley seam,it was a very small pit.

Posted by: PeterP (6116) Report abuse
When I 1st started for the NCB in 1969 we went on a visit to Hapton Valley Colliery and went on the coal face there and I think the face was about 28 inches high and they used a plough to cut the coal. One run of the plough cut approx 3 inches of coal.You never got told off for lying down on the job

Posted by: spud1 (1638) Report abuse
I was at Parkside when the explosion happened at Hapton Valley,it was found that the foil off tobacco had caused it,we had to check everything made of Alluminium,and they all were removed.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
that,s true spud1. when i did my training at old boston there was films on this subject. when you got chewies in the canteen they were wrapped in waxed paper.

Posted by: dougie (3557)  Report abuse
As ex-miners join in with ---This song--that was song so well on Monday night

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
well done dougie

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Whups fancy giving us a chorus of McNamaras Band

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
i,d love to colin but got the bug thats going round at present.bad chest.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
look after yourself Brian.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
all the best guys. have a "gud un"& colin if you see gary melling give him all my best.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
All the best to you Brian and all our other ex colleagues ,I,ll pass on your regards when. I see gary

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
MERRY CHRISTMAS my friends.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
guys, nobby clark is organising a golborne pit reunion at the hingemakers in ashton on the 24th march around 6ish .anyone who is interested get yourself down there & let anyone know who worked aat golborne.

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (1778) Report abuse
whupsy

Merry Noo Year

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
does anyone know about this ? .

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
hopefully yes Brian if they read these threads.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
hi joe . i had to put that on because this guy 2 stroke is trying to hijack the thread by putting stupid remarks on it . he,s now on ignore from me.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Hello Brian good move he might be trying to copy tonker.

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Some more sad news, I've heard that Terry Leigh ( Diamond Yed ) has passed away. R.I.P. Terry.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
That's sad stey he couldn't have been much above 60 ,R I P Terry

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
Sad news Colin, Ste, R.I.P.Terry.

Posted by: PeterP (6116) Report abuse
Yet another bites the dust,RIP Terry

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
i knew he was bad with alzimers but still a sad day. rip terry.

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Colin, He was 71, Terry's funeral is at Saint Catherine's, Scholes, 11 am, on Thursday.

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
Cheers stey

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
more bad news guys. harlod peters has died.

Posted by: tuddy (896) Report abuse
Never a dull moment when you were with Harold, R.I.P. "PEEDERS"

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1295) Report abuse
R I P Harold as Tuddy says never a dull moment

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
it looks like big C has got him.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
guys iv,e heard a whisper that jonny goulding who worked with harold in L3brow has passed on . but dont hold me to it as i,m not sure myself if the info is genuine ? . maybe someone who lives in the chorley area may know something.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
more bad news guys. terry cave has passed on.

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
another one of our mining fraternity R.I.P. Terry.

Posted by: whups (2350)  Report abuse
does'nt look to good for terry,s funeral guys. they cant find his estranged daughter & it looks as if wigan council might have to bury him in a paupers grave ? .

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4574)   Report abuse
that is very sad .

 
 
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