A grand piece of artwork with supporting text from the pupils Mick, while the white hat with poppy and plume is really quite dandy.
Comment by David Fairclough on 8th May 2019 at 07:40
Nice hat Mick
Comment by Mick on 8th May 2019 at 08:13
The Murals have been put in the wrong place, a better spot would have been round the corner were the path is much wider.
Comment by peter on 8th May 2019 at 09:04
the bike is in the wrong place.
Comment by Veronica on 8th May 2019 at 09:49
I like how the drawing depicts the pitmen sitting on their haunches! It used to be a very common sight to see in the fifties. I remember men sitting like that outside their front doors in the summertime watching the world go by.....
Comment by Cyril on 8th May 2019 at 11:36
There was a DVD out some years ago showing some ex miners from Billinge speaking in dialect, it was named after the way miners would sit and bide the time, unsure of the spelling now, though it was something like - Caw'r thi darn, maybe someone shall know the correct spelling.
Comment by Veronica on 8th May 2019 at 14:20
I wonder if the word was from 'cowering' Cyril. ( I don't know either how the word was spelt in dialect) I should imagine the pitmen were used to being bent double in the tunnels so they were familiar with crouching down, and couldn't get out of the habit!
Comment by Gary on 8th May 2019 at 15:32
Veronica - the haunch sitting you mention was very much a characteristic of Aspull men. Outsiders noticed it immediately.
Still evident in the early 1960s.
Comment by Veronica on 8th May 2019 at 16:48
Sometimes they sat with one leg stuck out in front Gary - makes you wonder how they kept their balance. My dad would often sit like that as well. Probably wearing clogs helped!
Comment by Philip G. on 8th May 2019 at 17:39
Cyril. The dvd is entitled 'howd thi din un cahr thi dehn', and was produced for Wigan Borough Heritage Network, by Billinge History/Heritage Society.
Comment by Rev David Long on 8th May 2019 at 18:23
When I worked underground we were only given our jobs at pit bottom - so a lot of waiting around with no seats - so that’s how we squatted. Then there are no dining tables and chairs inbye - so you ate your snap on your haunches too. It got to be second nature - if there was a quiet minute you’d take the weight off your feet.
Comment by Steve on 8th May 2019 at 20:50
Its as chep sittin as stondin !
Comment by Cyril on 9th May 2019 at 00:02
That's the one Philip I couldn't remember the spelling, I got a copy from Just Entertainment when it was in the market hall, so it's some years ago now, and very interesting to view too as I remember.
Comment by Philip G. on 9th May 2019 at 06:26
Comment by Fred on 15th May 2019 at 07:54
Rev david Long did;nt know you was a pit lad'
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