Thanks Tootler and jacqui... touching to say the least. I cannot youtube but I see it is on youtube to.
BBP at work... thanks too for reminding us of those that still go down underground. I have done a small gig for our service users today and sung "Working Man" - written by the Canadian Rita McNeil of course - as a tribute to all the miners still alive in the area. It went down well and allowed me to mention last evening's film too.
I think some Morris Dancers have their roots in mining as well. Folk is certainly well attached to the industry and it's nice to see others agree that Brass Band music is part of our folk heritage too.
Will, I know those cottages and canalside very well. The canal past Red Rocks towpath has lots of evidence of slag waste. Mining distasters were not a stranger in Lancashire either. I nursed a patient once who was involved in the Maypole disaster and actually remember the Golborne losses.
Please. It's an open forum. Do feel free to post links to pictures or any history to do with mining in the UK. This is a good way of remembering those brave men - most of who would never say they were brave and were just doing a job - who spent their lives down't pit.
Strikes and militancy aside. They were betrayed and beaten to submission before finally being killed off. I dare say many got rich on the back of it but none would have been miners. I never truly appreciated back then what these men and women did for us...
Charley Prides sings a song that has the lines in it "And these hard times will be the closest times we've known". How true in many a way
Please keep your thoughts, recollections and opinions coming :-)