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Thread #100552 Message #2020394
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
09-Apr-07 - 08:34 AM
Thread Name: BS: Last pit pony dies
Subject: RE: BS: Last pit pony dies
I suppose all miners did. My Grandad lived in the Parr district of St Helens. He went down the mines when he was twelve (1880-1965). He'd been sold by an Irish tinker woman in a St Helens pub when he was a baby - he said for a quid - there was a feeling in the rest of the family that she'd sgot a good deal.
I'd like to say I found him a wealth of folk culture and wisdom, however honesty forces me to admit - we didn't really get on.
He used to do that sort of clog dancing that I saw Sam Sherry do years later - where one leg stays still and the other swishes madly around. Dancing with just one leg seemed a bit stupid to a snotty fifteen year old. He had a lot of songs - mostly music hall and Lancashire street stuff that I found even less entertaining than his dancing and tales of days gone by.