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Golborne Colliery Mine Rescue Team
Photo: Tim Ledwith
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Item #: 32935
Golborne rescue team attending Cronton Colliery after the 1972 explosion. Tom Ledwith second from right, Jackie Greenhalgh coming down the steps behind him. Not sure who the others are.

Comment by: whups on 11th February 2021 at 11:53

gud pic tim i see you eventually got it on .

Comment by: ged on 11th February 2021 at 14:00

Salt of the earth the rescue men,

Comment by: tuddy on 11th February 2021 at 20:37

Good photo of your Dad Tim. I can only recognise your Dad and Jackie.

Comment by: AH on 11th February 2021 at 21:52

Tommy Melia is in front of tommy ledwith ,jackie greenhalgh coming down the steps behind him. don;t know the others

Comment by: AH on 12th February 2021 at 12:10

jackie greenhalgh was a RL referee 70s/80s he was a linesman at wembley,in one of the 80s finals

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 12th February 2021 at 20:02

Isn't that the Boothstown Mines Rescue Team?

Comment by: tuddy on 12th February 2021 at 21:37

George, The Mines Rescue Station was at Boothstown and was staffed by the permanent, full time, rescue team. Each pit also had it's own part time rescue team, or teams. These were men who worked at the pit but who were also trained rescue men, they supported the permanent teams at incidents. The team in the photo has three men from Golborne Colliery in it so it's probably one of the Golborne Colliery part time teams.

Comment by: tuddy on 12th February 2021 at 22:41

Mickey Payne recons that it could be Colin Davies next to Jackie.

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 13th February 2021 at 00:28

Yes, thanks tuddy for that info, it's understandable.
It's just that I read the report of the actual explosion at Cronton colliery and it said the rescue team was called out from Boothstown Mines Rescue Station, it didn't say Golborne.

Comment by: jack on 13th February 2021 at 09:22

just worth a comparison to the team with my grandad see page 4 of mining , this was prior to his death in the mine in 1922

Comment by: tuddy on 13th February 2021 at 13:17

Hello George, There were only two or three permanent teams stationed at Boothstown Rescue Station, so when there was an incident at a pit the part time teams from neighbouring collieries would also be called out to support the permanent teams from the rescue station.

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