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Thread #2574   Message #1225927
Posted By: GUEST,padgett
15-Jul-04 - 06:52 AM
Thread Name: The Testimony Of Patience Kershaw-child miner
Subject: RE: Lyrics: song about child labor & girl coal miner
the song came about following an official inquiry into child labour, and followed the tradegy which occurred when a number of children were drowned in the Huskar pit, Silkstone nr Barnsley, as result of a flash flood

I obtained a copy of the report a few years ago from the National Coal MIning Museum at Netherton, near Wakefield where the details and feelings expressed in the song can be found; however I recollect that one of Roy Palmers books contained the details which form the nucleus of the song, I forget the title as I think I loaned it to Carol,Kathryn Robert mum!
Ray Padgett