Any ex Golborne men about ,pey partridge as posted before ,tuddy did you live in whelley now hindley green
Started: 18th Oct 2013 at 12:58
handsomeminer i worked at golborne for a time.
Replied: 18th Oct 2013 at 16:24
golborne was my next move from bold, people I met great people, shep was a character
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Not many of us around now a days
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Replied: 19th Oct 2013 at 07:31
Handsomeminer, Yes, I worked at Golborne and I lived in Whelley and then Hindley Green but I moved from there about twenty years ago. Give us a clue, who are you?
Whups, I got that photograph that you sent me, thanks mate.
Replied: 19th Oct 2013 at 13:31
Colin electrician from ince
Replied: 19th Oct 2013 at 14:10
no probs tuddy. got some of the last walk we had at golborne
Replied: 19th Oct 2013 at 15:51
happy days no one can replace them
Replied: 19th Oct 2013 at 18:14
Hello Colin, long time no see, don't suppose you're still playing rugby,I was talking to you're old mate Owldin a few weeks back.
Replied: 20th Oct 2013 at 13:38
Tuddy are you Stey w
Replied: 20th Oct 2013 at 13:51
no it,s stey n.
Replied: 20th Oct 2013 at 14:26
Nice to here from you where you living now
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strange reply never mind
Replied: 20th Oct 2013 at 18:26
You will get many strange comments from tonker. I have a feeling that he is one of those men who makes the bullets for someone else to fire
Replied: 20th Oct 2013 at 22:58
evelyn good to hear from you,handsomeminer is colin off that picture in parsonage workshop small world,I hope you are both well,
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Hello evelyn hope you and don are ok pass on my regards to don
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colin are you in contact with shep?
Replied: 21st Oct 2013 at 11:28
i see him occasionally usually in a pub but ive no contact no for him
Replied: 21st Oct 2013 at 13:01
if you see him pass on my regards.colin my e-mail address is on guestbook including spelling mistake oops,
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Back in Whelley now Colin.
Replied: 21st Oct 2013 at 22:52
Just a link Here to some photo's of Golborne Colliery, I've a friend that worked there named Mitch
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Mitch, is he that shy quiet feller who worked in the headings?
Replied: 21st Oct 2013 at 23:11
That will be the one a very quiet chap
Replied: 21st Oct 2013 at 23:20
Knew Syd Harrison sparks I think,Hes Godfather to one of My kids, also Alan int Lamp Shop
Replied: 22nd Oct 2013 at 12:58
good days in the mines syd not sure if I know him
Replied: 22nd Oct 2013 at 17:35
sid was chief lecky at the pit . i won the ciswo darts team ko with sid , ronnie lynn & dicky walls & dicky eccleston was our reserve . i do have a pic of when we won it & iv,e just put it in the golborne pictures selection .
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Im due a sat afternoon round ashton shortly probably drop on you
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not been out for a drink for over 2yrs now handsomeminer.have you seen the pic iv,e put on in the photos of wigan , it,s in the album & golborne colliery section.
Replied: 23rd Oct 2013 at 14:49
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Hi graneyjoseph and handsomeminer,
Yes Don told me that was Colin on the photo. We are both fine thank you. Don has no interest in computers but I let him know what and how you are all doing.
By the way Colin I like your Wigan World 'nom de plume'
Replied: 23rd Oct 2013 at 16:04
Hi Evelyn Don always made us welcome in the workshops a real gentleman
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And a gentle man --- my soulmate.
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Evelyn we all had some good times at parsonage both colin and myself best wishes to you both
Replied: 23rd Oct 2013 at 18:02
anyone looked at the pic iv,e put on yet ? .
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Joe and Colin
Don has always said that he doesn't miss work but does miss his workmates.
He still tells me funny stories of things that happened at Parsonage which I find amusing (sometimes overgrown schoolboys comes to mind ).
Replied: 25th Oct 2013 at 14:35
I looked at your photo on the day you put it on but I don't suppose I count.
Good photo by the way.
Replied: 25th Oct 2013 at 14:40
hi evelyn overgrown schoolboys is probably a complementary description ,but i wouldn,t of missed it for the world
Replied: 25th Oct 2013 at 15:33
good photo still see dicky walls occasionally still wearing the cap,worked with dicky eck,was syd a fitter on the surface,think ronnie lynn went working for gullicks ,dosn,t seem 2 years since i saw you round ashton
Replied: 25th Oct 2013 at 15:38
we are all young at heart evelyn
Replied: 25th Oct 2013 at 17:46
yep , just over 2 yrs now . thinkin of makin a comeback.
Replied: 26th Oct 2013 at 01:13
I knew Sam Prior and i think he worked at Golborne, i don't know what he did there or when he started, but he often talked about the people he worked with, i think he left before the strike in 1984.
He was quite a character and always having a bit of fun and he was a keen fisherman as well.
It would be great if anyone remembered him and what he did there, he sadly passed away a few years ago.
Replied: 27th Oct 2013 at 08:38
yep knew sammy . he lived for a time at downall green rd near brocksteads .
Replied: 27th Oct 2013 at 11:50
I think Sammy worked at Quaker house pit un till it closed & then went to Golbourne,He was a rum begger, loved a joke,
Replied: 29th Oct 2013 at 19:10
hi guys , just put another pic on the album section of our snooker team from 1981 . no doubt it will be in the work section under golborne colliery in the nean future.
Replied: 4th Nov 2013 at 15:42
Hi whups , if you couldn't beat them at snooker you could talk them to death, you all look so young there
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i was 26 at the time . the others were in their early 20s.graney joseph is that colin richardson at the side of you in your pic ? .
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is there only that,s keeping this thread going ? .
Replied: 20th Nov 2013 at 12:30
whups yes that is colin "handsomeminer" oops there goes his anonymity
Replied: 20th Nov 2013 at 13:35
it is, bret ? at my side came from Hapton Valley , Kenny Williams top right came from bold worked at golborne ,the tall Fellow at the back is Don his wife Evelyn posts on variuos mining threads taken in workshops at Parsonage 1990ish
Replied: 20th Nov 2013 at 13:40
how are you doing colin ? did you ask graham burke about mick gregson?,talk soon.
Replied: 20th Nov 2013 at 18:37
are you still playing darts col ? .
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whups colin said no not playing darts
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An 'owd friend o'mine worked at Kid Glove, drove the underground manrider I believe...Trevor(Bill)Jones.
any of you know him?
Replied: 27th Nov 2013 at 01:18
Did my face training there in the late sixties,any body remember John Willie Fox,the shotfirer on the training face?
Replied: 27th Nov 2013 at 15:51
message for Whups ,Handsomeminer is having trouble logging on to wiganworld he as e-mailed me to say to let you know he is not playing darts anymore. "ART" where was kid glove pit or is it name for golborne or parsonge? I have heard the name mentioned before but recall which pit it referred to,the name trevor jones sounds familiar
Replied: 28th Nov 2013 at 08:32
graneyjoseph, if you type kid glove into the search box at the top of this page there's a thread about why Golborne colliery got that name, Colin will find it interesting as well.
Replied: 28th Nov 2013 at 14:49
well done tuddy regards to you
Replied: 28th Nov 2013 at 18:45
tuddy I took your advice and looked on that link thanks
Replied: 29th Nov 2013 at 05:55
Happy to help. Still laughing about some of those tales about Jeff Blackburn, whups must have a few tales about him.
Replied: 29th Nov 2013 at 19:42
yes best time I had it was a pleasure going to work in those days hard work and laughter a great mix
Replied: 30th Nov 2013 at 07:57
tuddy I dont know if handsomemminer as got back on WW I know he can read but not send messages yet ,do you remember the names of the underground chargehands at Golborne ?
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Tonker I remember Derek Wharton I thought he was an assistant engineer ? the charge hands I can remember are Billy Hayes and Kenny Stevens cant recall the others.
Replied: 3rd Dec 2013 at 20:12
I wasn't an electrician, but I remember all the lads you've mentioned. I think your right about Derek being an assistant engineer.I think Jackie Greenhalgh, the rugby referee was also an assistant engineer.
Replied: 4th Dec 2013 at 18:11
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tuddy your right about jackie greenalgh,tonker derek wharton "chinless" say no more. merry xmas
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a few names to bring a smile to faces , jimmy rowlands ,bert james ,ernie rainford ,tommy horridge ,jimmy wood , dodger , some characters there
Replied: 5th Dec 2013 at 12:16
always enjoyed my days in the mines great mates lots of characters.
Replied: 5th Dec 2013 at 13:22
yes tuddy , i can tell a few tales about jeff blackburn . had a few run-ins with him over the years .
Replied: 6th Dec 2013 at 15:37
When the tunnels to the Florida faces were being driven anyone remember the Indians that worked there for a short time they were training to be managers when they returned home to India.
Replied: 6th Dec 2013 at 20:26
new plenty cowboys
Replied: 7th Dec 2013 at 08:51
There was an Indian at Parkside in the early 60s who was a trainee manager!!,he was only looking after an ancient compressed air pump.
Replied: 7th Dec 2013 at 10:16
i dont know about indians , but there was plenty cowboys at golborne LOL.
Replied: 7th Dec 2013 at 11:40
to many with sheriff badges on.plodder at golborne coldest place I worked I knew the reason why good ventillation needed, go over to Bickershaw the plodder was hottest I ever worked Colin would vouch for that.
Replied: 7th Dec 2013 at 12:02
hated working in plodder at golborne ,used to it nice and warm in florida ,also seemed freindlier set of men , maybee that was because i wasnt a regular in plodder
Replied: 7th Dec 2013 at 12:31
I remember working nights for a week in the plodder one winter, shortening at the bottom end of the face. Had to spend half an hour under the showers thawing out in the mornings. That was the only place that I wore a donkey jacket while working on the face. But as you say there was a need for good ventilation in the plodder. Went from there to S12, working in just a pair of football shorts.
Replied: 7th Dec 2013 at 17:24
That was a hard place to work but the people we worked with made up for it
Replied: 7th Dec 2013 at 17:51
Colin just to let you know Ste Dixon as been in contact on my blog site,
Replied: 5th Jan 2014 at 13:07
has anyone on here seen tuddy,s blog on general called "thatchers hit list did exist" & some of the comments that some of the jokers on here have put on it . take a look guys & vent your spleen on them especially that none of them worked in the industry & never suffered under the torys . true thatcherites all of them.
Replied: 5th Jan 2014 at 16:43
whups I read tuddys blog other people are allowed their opinions but we got the T-shirts.
Replied: 5th Jan 2014 at 17:37
i understand that , but it,s hard to take from the idiots on here who never worked in the industry & never suffered under thatcher . there on here just to stir the shit.
Replied: 6th Jan 2014 at 01:38
whups we lived through 12mths and came out stronger we worked with people who watched their backs and ours for safety reasons I will never forget that comradeship.worked hard had some laughs,
Replied: 6th Jan 2014 at 09:08
i think it,s mark isnt it , i agree with wot you say but some who reply on this site do so out of ignorance & malice which comes out in their replies . the others quote bent facts & figures & will not admit the truth even wen stevie wonder can see it .yes we did have some laughs ,but it was more or less killed with the strike & the bonus scheme which was more so at golborne.
Replied: 8th Jan 2014 at 14:41
dont let them get to you our memories are stronger
Replied: 8th Jan 2014 at 18:07
In addition to what Whups has said, the bonus scheme came first and caused the rift before the strike and led to a lack of support within the workforce.
Could there be a strong possibility that the bonus scheme was engineered that way?
Replied: 8th Jan 2014 at 18:18
Food for thought tonker, but I think the bonus scheme came in about 1977ish, that's before Thatcher came to power. I'm pretty sure there was a ballot about a bonus scheme when I first started in 1974, and it was rejected, but it was still introduced a few years later. You know the old saying, "where there's a scheme there's a schemer".
Replied: 8th Jan 2014 at 21:41
sorry to disagree tuddy ,but the bonus scheme came in when i started in c9 about 1980 & thatcher was in power. it was designed to stockpile coal at the same time to split miners who suddenly went from council houses to detached properties because of the money they were making . except for us at golborne who.s face men made their own deal with the manager & left the rest of us out to dry. it was,nt much fun when you came to draw your money only to see the typists at anderton house who were on the area bonus getting more than us who was working near the face & on the pit bonus,as we were drawing sometimes half of what they got in bonus.and just to add insult to injury we had a ballot on whether to accept the bonus scheme or not , we voted as an area 2-1 not to have it . so much for ballots.
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You could be right whups, but I thought the bonus scheme was introduced a bit earlier. I started coal face training at the end of 1978, and I seem to remember being paid 75% of the face bonus while I was training, but I could be wrong, it was a year or two back.
Replied: 9th Jan 2014 at 21:13
With all that seemed wrong why didn't you pull the plug and go into a different Industry? I certainly wouldn't have stopped anywhere I thought I was being shat upon.
Replied: 9th Jan 2014 at 23:55
because i,d took a loan out to get my central heating done so i could,nt afford to leave .
Replied: 10th Jan 2014 at 11:55
Most other industries paid better money. And look at the redundancy payments the miners were given compared to the likes of the Gas Board and the Water Board.
My wages at Parkside were poor. Very poor.
Replied: 10th Jan 2014 at 17:44
bonus payments have always been good if you get a good bonus ,redundancy payments I would rather have been in a job I loved, production of coal is missed .years to come when we are gone coal is still there to late .
Replied: 10th Jan 2014 at 18:12
your right tonker as other national industries got upto 4 times what the miners got .looks like your a biker tonker , you may know a mate of mine who was at parkside jimmy hodson.
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Hi Joe remember Kenny going in to sort some bunus out with Tony MgGarry & coming out with a big orange
Replied: 13th Jan 2014 at 15:16
Hi Colin, he would have ate it himself,Seriously Tony was the best boss I worked with,do you remember the pineapples we shared
Replied: 13th Jan 2014 at 15:51
sure do yes tony was a good boss ,remember gibbo when we asked him did he want some pineapple and he asked have you got a tin opener
Replied: 13th Jan 2014 at 16:04
gibbo that was just like him he earned the name gobbo good bloke though
Replied: 13th Jan 2014 at 16:08
If any ex Golborne men are interested the next Golborne ex miners meeting will be held at Golborne bowling club, next to All Saints church, on Wednesday January 29th at 7pm.
Replied: 21st Jan 2014 at 20:14
To far for me tuddy,
Replied: 21st Jan 2014 at 20:36
I'll get one of the leccys to set up a video link.
Replied: 21st Jan 2014 at 21:02
tuddy good idea have a good night,
Replied: 22nd Jan 2014 at 07:04
talking to alan parr on tuesday & he was going to the meeting . he was saying that there may be another walk . can you get more info on this tuddy ? .
Replied: 25th Jan 2014 at 14:42
is that alan parr the electrician ?
Replied: 25th Jan 2014 at 16:44
yes it is joe , he,s just lost his wife .
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I am sorry to hear that whups .not a good start to the year my thoughts are with him and his family
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yep me to .
Replied: 26th Jan 2014 at 01:02
people we know and worked with sadly pass away but our memories dont,I am still waking up in the mornings I think
Replied: 26th Jan 2014 at 08:41
we need to take care a lot of stress being an electrician
Replied: 26th Jan 2014 at 11:33
stress affects everybody in all walks of life and family life keeping our heads above water I think our parents had it harder only my opinion,
Replied: 26th Jan 2014 at 12:04
whups, yes, there is a walk and service being planned to mark the 35th anniversary of the Golborne colliery explosion. Eric Foster is working hard to organize it.It will probably be on Sunday 16th March, but not confirmed yet. I'll post again after the meeting on Wednesday.
Replied: 26th Jan 2014 at 12:12
ok ste , i,ll pass that info on.
Replied: 26th Jan 2014 at 12:27
good luck with that they will always be remembered
Replied: 26th Jan 2014 at 16:58
who,s the tall guy behind in your pic joe ? .
Replied: 26th Jan 2014 at 18:47
don armstrong on the pictures of parsonage it names us all have a look at it let me know when you see it that picture was taken in 1991 I forgot all about it that is what got me on to Wiganworld let me know whups
Replied: 26th Jan 2014 at 18:57
As graney and handsome know " the tall guy " is my soulmate
Replied: 26th Jan 2014 at 20:24
and a top bloke to how are you both evelyn?
Replied: 27th Jan 2014 at 07:35
iv,e put this on the old boston thread joe . i remembered his name , it,s kevin sharkey .
Replied: 27th Jan 2014 at 14:38
your right sharkey was a character sadly not here no more godbless
Replied: 27th Jan 2014 at 16:54
the government asked for an apology on the way they treated the miners during the strike,I personally want nothing off them.
Replied: 31st Jan 2014 at 08:00
They won't even pay out for my lungs!
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sorry about your health phred ,
Replied: 31st Jan 2014 at 15:36
Many a time I have been asked if the pits where still open would I still be working there. I reply I have pit dust in my blood and after nearly 45yrs working I would still be there because I would not have known anything different in my life(only did just short of 20yrs at the pit) I count myself lucky I have only minor battle scars. A Broken finger and a blue scar on my arm, Two bad knees and slightly deaf but I am still alive.]Many an ex-pitman where not so lucky. Ill health has blighted many men some who where not old at the time due to the conditions down the mine( dust/heat/water)to name a fewThe government are slowly admitting these where dire conditions to work in and are very slowly compensating ex-pitmen but in most cases it is too little and to late these men are no longer with us or to ill to enjoy their retirement years
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lets be honest they arnt goin to give us anything are they least of all an apology. we got a pittance compared with other nationalised industries on payouts & claims .who ever worked in the pits must have dust in their lungs , but trying to get anything for it is another thing.
Replied: 1st Feb 2014 at 14:28
true but they will find a way out.
Replied: 1st Feb 2014 at 17:31
for anyone interested in the disaster walk . planned for-
sun 16th march - assemble @ 1-30 - 2-00pm at the queen anne-procession starts between 2-00 & 2-30 . after church refreshments at the catholic club near the naylors club.
come 1 come all as i,m sure our lads wont let us down.
Replied: 3rd Feb 2014 at 14:39
good luck with the walk I am sure it will be well attended and rightly so.
Replied: 3rd Feb 2014 at 16:47
I'll be on the march on the 16th, along with my wife and 3 grown up daughters and not forgetting our Grandson. I was working at Bold on the Sunday of the explosion and could'nt believe what at happened but it was all confirmed when I got home to Stubshaw. Did'nt know the lads, people spoke of them when I moved to Kidglove from Bold in Jan 1986.
To get the ball rolling !!! does anyone remember the mad Scotsman Alex Bole ??? he was at Bold, Golborne, Parsonage and Parkside along with me and I believe he unfortunitly passed away some years ago.
Replied: 5th Mar 2014 at 07:07
campfire I knew alex worked on the same face at bold with him he worked the advanced heading on T26 ,sadly passed away a while ago as a result of cancer.good bloke. What is your name Campfire?
Replied: 5th Mar 2014 at 08:28
Hi graneyjoseph- Ste Stonehouse, started on the Belts, Re-rip and then into drivages. My dad was Ernie Stonehouse and passed away in 1992. Our Frank was also at Bold, Golborne and Parsonage but finished when Parsonage folded. I do remember your name but cant seem to put a face to it !!!. Lot of water has gone under the bridge as they say...
Replied: 5th Mar 2014 at 08:50
I remember you Ste ,sorry to hear about your dad great bloke I worked in the trencherbone seams also W16 Ithink you worked in the south dip area ,the photo on my blog and this thread I am bottom left you will also know Kenny Williams top right ,top left is Colin Richardson you would have known from golborne and parsonage,good to hear from you .best regards to you and Frank.
Replied: 5th Mar 2014 at 09:19
i knew alex bole well & my mate colin hayes knew him quite well too.
Replied: 5th Mar 2014 at 16:28
good times whups not to be forgotten.
Replied: 5th Mar 2014 at 16:39
Hi whups - I worked with Colin at Golborne in the headings, along with Pete Smith from Atherton and Rod Blackhurst from Wigan. Made goods friends with Colin and had a few good pints with him, was one of the strongest men I have ever known and a gentle giant until he flipped... Only seen him flip a couple of times and was glad I was on the same side as him, even if I was only holding his coat and watching his pint.
Replied: 6th Mar 2014 at 16:40
Ste do you remember Bob Potts from bold giant of a man.
Replied: 6th Mar 2014 at 16:45
Certainly do Joe, when I transfered from Golborne to Parsonage I worked with Big Bob in a Dosco heading, along with Trevor Gurry and another Gurry from Abram, his Dad was a Overman at Golborne but names have gone !!!. Did you know that Bob had a Brother who was bigger than him??? but didnt work in the Pit, I think he worked at Bulldog Tools in Wigan. I've seen him once and if you think Bob was big you should have seen this fellow... When Bob took his money, he took over the Bell Green Pub in Higher Ince and was'nt there long before they won a small furtune on Littlewoods pools. Not seen him since, hope he is still with us.. still recall his size 15 steel boots though.
Replied: 7th Mar 2014 at 07:43
yes a big lad ,hes probably got a bar in spain good luck to him,I preferred parsonage to golborne the lads at golborne were great didnt like the upper management on the electrical side, one was ok frank clarke from bold ken lowe was ok to.
Replied: 7th Mar 2014 at 11:29
The overmans name was Alf Gurhy.
I remember the Potts boys who lived in Ince not far from where I lived. They were a lovely family and their mother was a very tall lady too. I believe Bob still lives in Ince.
Replied: 7th Mar 2014 at 20:42
Evelyn - nice to hear that big Bob is still going, thanks for advising about Alf.
Replied: 8th Mar 2014 at 11:48
Ste on the parsonage picture site evelyns husband Don is top right ,top man too.
Replied: 8th Mar 2014 at 17:04
who are you campfire as i,ll mention you to colin as he will be visiting me shortly.
Replied: 9th Mar 2014 at 13:35
Hi evelyn , hope you & Don are o/k ,as always your correct Alf Gurhy was an overman at Golborne ,his son trevor also worked their
Replied: 9th Mar 2014 at 15:57
Whups Campfire is Ste Stonehouse
Replied: 9th Mar 2014 at 17:08
yes we hope you and don are well.
Replied: 9th Mar 2014 at 17:16
Hi handsomeminer and Joe, yes we are both fine and we thank you both for enquiring about two old cronies.
We hope the same goes with you "young ones "
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Handsomeminer, I think Trevor is Alf's nephew, John is his son.
Replied: 9th Mar 2014 at 21:11
tuddy - Thats correct, Trevor is Alf's Nephew. I still see Trevor from time to time and he still lives in Bamfurlong. Do you remember his Brother In Law Ste Sudworth, he was a electrician at Parkside????
Replied: 9th Mar 2014 at 21:32
Evelyn and Don age is but a number our minds are still young.and these recollection keep it that way.
Replied: 10th Mar 2014 at 06:42
hi Tuddy dont remember John were did he work
Replied: 10th Mar 2014 at 14:42
yes campfire i knew suddy . it was a shame wot happened to him . was,nt he trev gurry,s brother-in-law .
Replied: 10th Mar 2014 at 14:59
Hi whups - thats correct ... I see Trevor from time to time. Did you work at Parkside?
Replied: 10th Mar 2014 at 15:32
I think John was a beltmon, not sure if he did his face training before Golborne closed.
Replied: 10th Mar 2014 at 22:19
no i did,nt ste . wen golborne finished i finished in the pits.
Replied: 11th Mar 2014 at 14:33
Hi whups - are you going on the anniversary march tomorrow in Golborne?
Replied: 15th Mar 2014 at 21:31
i planned on goin , but colin did,nt fancy goin . so it ruled me out .
Replied: 16th Mar 2014 at 02:20
I hope it gets the attention of the media ,it will be well attended good luck to the people who are going.
Replied: 16th Mar 2014 at 07:32
Joe - it was really well attended, standing room only in the Church. The Church choir, Parkside Male Voice Choir and Children from 3 local Primary Schools provided the support for the singing. The service was well thought out and presented nicely and must have been appreciated throughout... Went back to the Catholic Club for some light refreshments and a spot of socialising and I was still coughing up coal dust this morning ....
Replied: 17th Mar 2014 at 12:31
Ste I can imagine all the memories that must have been told,glad it was a good day to remember a very sad time for both golborne families and ex-miners.not just golborne miners but all miners.
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I don't know about light refreshments,there was so much food on some of them plates leaving the buffet table you needed a Pickrose engine and two lashing chains to move them.
But, yes, your right Ste, it was a nice service and well attended.
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Ste - how did you remember a Pickrose haulage engine ????. Nice one... however, regarding "lashing on" did you ever master the technique of it?? only joking... Reverting back to the "Jack Bit" did you see the full plates that Parky took home??? not mentioning the pies he had in his pocket. It was a sad occassion but it was great to see and speak to the lads, even though I knew their faces I still needed to ask them their names, not to worry as I was was called John, Frank, Bill and few others as the day went on. Great day and a good turn out.
Replied: 19th Mar 2014 at 12:37
hopefully it will become an annual event .
Replied: 19th Mar 2014 at 16:22
I thought that I could lash on when I left Old Boston, then when I started on the haulage the bloke who was training me could do it one handed. Regarding names and faces on Sunday, I found it easier to remember nicknames: Skunkyed, Whippetyed, Emptyed, Wigwhamyed, etc.
Replied: 19th Mar 2014 at 19:36
I can imagine the tales retold.there was a shedyed amongst many.
Replied: 20th Mar 2014 at 06:40
We had a 'Rubberyed' at Parkside!
Replied: 20th Mar 2014 at 09:11
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there was a bungalowyed at bickershaw you can guess why he got the name.
Replied: 20th Mar 2014 at 09:42
skunkyed= kenny williams, whippetyed = karl bryant ( ponzer jr ).
Replied: 20th Mar 2014 at 15:14
whups that cant be the kenny williams on the picture with me and colin can it ?.
Replied: 20th Mar 2014 at 16:19
diffrent Kenny joe
Replied: 20th Mar 2014 at 19:43
thanks colin it did get me a bit puzzled,do you remember bungalowyed cant remember his real name?.
Replied: 20th Mar 2014 at 20:20
remember the name joe cant put a face to it ,can you remember what bunkermouths name was, he had a brother brian worked at golborne
Replied: 20th Mar 2014 at 21:41
What is it with pitmen and yeds?
Replied: 20th Mar 2014 at 21:58
kenny williams was on the haulage in the crummy. ponzer worked in the crummy then got on the surface through a shadow on his lungs .i,ll bet ponzer was there on sunday wasnt he ste .
Replied: 21st Mar 2014 at 01:23
Colin I can see and hear bunkermouth, struggling to put a name to it .somebody will know.
Replied: 21st Mar 2014 at 06:48
there was a lad with the surname wallwork or similar worked at golborne his name just popped up in the memories he worked at golborne.he wasnt bunkermouth though.
Replied: 21st Mar 2014 at 06:53
Yea, Young Ponzer was there Brian, but he's not that young now.
Replied: 21st Mar 2014 at 20:48
photo in this weeks observer looked like Nobby & Brian C carrying banner
Replied: 21st Mar 2014 at 22:46
yes iv,e cut it out colin.
Replied: 22nd Mar 2014 at 01:08
colin ,whups can either of you put these photos on WW.?
Replied: 22nd Mar 2014 at 06:13
i,ll try joe , but it will be in the album section of photo,s of wigan.
Replied: 22nd Mar 2014 at 11:34
ok thanks whups.
Replied: 22nd Mar 2014 at 11:53
There was also some photo's in the Wigan Evening Post, I think it was on Tuesday, Mitch was on one of them.
Replied: 22nd Mar 2014 at 13:49
thanks tuddy I will have a look.
Replied: 22nd Mar 2014 at 14:12
iv,e cut out the pic from the observer & uploaded it & if accepted it will be on either album or golborne colliery in the works pics.
Replied: 23rd Mar 2014 at 12:44
thanks whups have a good weekend .
Replied: 23rd Mar 2014 at 16:36
as nobody put a name to bunkermouth yet,?
Replied: 6th Aug 2014 at 11:30
for anyone who remembers taffy , he passed away on saturday.
Replied: 5th Sep 2014 at 14:46
another miner left us R.I.P .
Replied: 5th Sep 2014 at 16:34
Brian, when he finished at the pit did he start a roofing business?
Replied: 6th Sep 2014 at 19:45
thoughts with our mining mates have a good weekend ,obama as gone home he didnt buy a round next time perhaps .
Replied: 6th Sep 2014 at 20:14
Did you know ...... Golborne Colliery was one of the 'Haydock Collieries' from 1880 until 1947?
Along with over 20 others too! (Wigan? Coalopolis? )
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where have you been tonker ?.
Replied: 7th Sep 2014 at 08:08
yes he did ste & he died on a roof in scotland while mixing business with pleasure .
Replied: 10th Sep 2014 at 01:01
tonkers been on his holidays to sunny wigan
Replied: 10th Sep 2014 at 12:15
did he have his injections.
Replied: 10th Sep 2014 at 12:49
Holiday in Wigan? That's rich! I've been grafting, again!
Replied: 10th Sep 2014 at 16:35
good on yer,
Replied: 10th Sep 2014 at 17:12
It's not good at all! I should have my feet up by now!!
Replied: 10th Sep 2014 at 18:12
where abouts in wigan tonks its a big city
Replied: 11th Sep 2014 at 05:52
Handsomeminer - Replied: 11th Sep 2014 at 05:52
'Ast' pissed i'bed?
Replied: 11th Sep 2014 at 22:15
another classic from tonker.
Replied: 12th Sep 2014 at 07:54
just earning a crust tonker
Replied: 15th Sep 2014 at 07:38
colin take a look on the pics of wigan in album . there,s a couple of rugby pics on there of wigan rugby union going on tour to the usa & dublin . dave ruddy is on the dublin trip , but the big lad standing next to him worked at golborne & i cant remember his name . i think he was either a fitter or lekkie.there on page 2 in album.
Replied: 16th Sep 2014 at 00:36
morning Brian just had a look dont know the lad stood next to david ,think the lad your on about is dave mccoombes who was an electrician in the plodder he played at wigan r u dont think hes on that photo
Replied: 16th Sep 2014 at 06:48
Colin,I remember Dave McCoombes from plodder,do you remember Tony Redford played for Salford,?.I started at old boston same time as him.
Replied: 16th Sep 2014 at 07:54
certainley do joe tony,s well up with south african rugby league ,he came over with the team the world cup before the last one
Replied: 16th Sep 2014 at 11:54
good luck to him,his only fault was hanging around with chris clarkson,
Replied: 16th Sep 2014 at 12:00
I think Chris had a few rough years after the pit shut ,think he lost his wife ,last time i heard he was living down south coast somewhere
Replied: 16th Sep 2014 at 12:23
sorry to hear about his wife,I think it as been mentioned before on another thread.
Replied: 16th Sep 2014 at 12:28
i think it maybe him colin . tony redford is a mutli millionare from wot david austin tells me & lives on the coast . he married his business partners wife after he passed away.
Replied: 16th Sep 2014 at 15:22
that sounds like tony .good luck to him but it seems he as had that,
Replied: 16th Sep 2014 at 16:12
Whups do you ever see out of Richard Walker
Replied: 17th Sep 2014 at 11:38
not seen him for years colin.
Replied: 17th Sep 2014 at 15:27
colin thats a name from the past not a bad bloke,
Replied: 17th Sep 2014 at 17:01
Mick Duff? Barry Briers?
Replied: 17th Sep 2014 at 18:50
Think I saw Richard at the anniversary march.
Replied: 17th Sep 2014 at 22:16
tonker i started with mick & barry if i remember right they transfered to parkside around the time they came out of their time ,I beleive Micks done ok for himself running his own company ,not heard about barry since he transferred his dad Alf was a face overman at golborne ,think a lad called Glyn Tither transferred at same time who became a bobby
Replied: 18th Sep 2014 at 19:39
Mick works for a company called Harath, part of Chloride, doing UPS systems. They're on the South Lancashire estate in Ashton.
Baz still lives in Haydock, near my mum. Here He Is!
Glyn made it to Inspector, has retired and now lives near me.
Replied: 18th Sep 2014 at 22:09
i feel like a right failure now tonker
Replied: 18th Sep 2014 at 22:35
Colin your not a failure to all the people who know you me included.
Replied: 19th Sep 2014 at 06:04
Thanks Joe thats a nice comment
Replied: 19th Sep 2014 at 19:27
Used to be my get out clause with my wife if I did out wrong "Don't ask me I am just a thick pitmon" After reading this thread I will drop this saying
Replied: 19th Sep 2014 at 19:54
I think weve all used that when it suited peter
Replied: 19th Sep 2014 at 21:15
Golborne ex miners A.G.M. will take place on Wednesday 4th February at 7pm in Golborne community bowling club. All ex Golborne men are welcome to attend.
Replied: 2nd Feb 2015 at 22:18
tuddy have a good night pass on my regards.
Replied: 3rd Feb 2015 at 05:42
are you going tuddy ? .
Replied: 3rd Feb 2015 at 12:07
Thanks Joe, will do.
Yea Bri, All being well I'll be there.
Replied: 3rd Feb 2015 at 21:01
perhaps Colin might go being a man of leisure from friday.
Replied: 4th Feb 2015 at 06:43
tuddy - can us Golborne / ex-Bold lads attend.
Replied: 4th Feb 2015 at 08:07
tuddy - can us Golborne / ex-Bold lads attend.
Replied: 4th Feb 2015 at 08:08
if you worked at golborne yes i think you can attend ste.
Replied: 4th Feb 2015 at 15:17
That's right, you can all attend. Next meeting, Wednesday May 6th, same time, same place.
Replied: 4th Feb 2015 at 21:53
Is it pie and peas or butties ????
Replied: 5th Feb 2015 at 09:44
you all enjoy ,,black peas and green bank butties seasoned with snuff and coal dust.
Replied: 5th Feb 2015 at 10:09
their still cleaning scufftin from under the tables ,tuddy does Frankn Waterworth ever show up
Replied: 5th Feb 2015 at 12:18
Colin thats a name from the past,
Replied: 5th Feb 2015 at 12:56
Colin do you remember one time when we was working at parsonage and having our sandwiches and Shep opened he,s and looked at the contents and threw them away he did it the next day saying cheese again mouldy,the next day before he could throw them away we looked at them they were cheese with chives, good old Shep mouldy cheese ,
Replied: 5th Feb 2015 at 13:04
Certainly do joe
Replied: 5th Feb 2015 at 17:05
Colin big day tomorrow for you,enjoy
Replied: 5th Feb 2015 at 17:27
Do my best joe start of a new phase of life
Replied: 5th Feb 2015 at 22:27
Colin certainly is look at life differently ,good luck.
Replied: 6th Feb 2015 at 06:40
Hopefully Colin gives his lovely Chris breakfast in bed EVERY morning
Replied: 6th Feb 2015 at 21:08
Evelyn a nice thought it might happen.
Replied: 7th Feb 2015 at 07:15
No Colin, big Frank dose'nt attend the meetings, I saw him after the anniversary walk last year. I think his daughter made the buffet.
Replied: 7th Feb 2015 at 19:44
saw him in ashton about a month or so ago.
Replied: 8th Feb 2015 at 18:27
thats good not seen him since 1986 or there abouts .
Replied: 8th Feb 2015 at 19:15
Used see them both & Mrs water worth at cricket. Nice family
Replied: 8th Feb 2015 at 22:07
hi guys, does anyone remember a lekki called ian cross ? .
Replied: 21st Mar 2015 at 12:50
whups hope you are fine ,Ian cross not known to me if Colin reads this he might know him,best regards whups.
Replied: 21st Mar 2015 at 16:04
I remember him whups not seen him for years finished in the pits a long time before the strike,he'd finished years before you came over Joe I'd guess he'd be about your age possibly a little older
Replied: 21st Mar 2015 at 16:20
Colin best regards to you ,this site as brought a lot of memories back long may it continue,you all have a great weekend.
Replied: 21st Mar 2015 at 16:58
Whups have you heard anything of another electrician from ashton John Berry ( bezzer) think he went South Africa around time of explosion,heard he came back about 10 year ago but not sure
Replied: 21st Mar 2015 at 17:44
i hav,nt colin ,richy walker told me ages ago that bezzer had gone off the rails. met ian in tom & gerrys in ashton over the weekend . i vaguely remember him as he said he worked in c9 on the staple shaft. he says he finished 6 months after the explosion .
Replied: 22nd Mar 2015 at 01:43
Just had a phone call from Eric Foster. The next Golborne ex miners meeting is this Wednesday,May 6th at 7pm in Golborne Bowling Club (next to All Saints church). All welcome.
Replied: 3rd May 2015 at 16:44
Thanks Ste - much appreciated.
Replied: 3rd May 2015 at 16:57
listen guys , iv,e heard a rumour that snowy cavanagh has passed on. if you went to the meeting ste maybe something was said.
Replied: 6th May 2015 at 01:28
Unfortunately it's true Brian, his funeral was last Friday.
Replied: 6th May 2015 at 21:38
yes ste , bad news all round. i was only talking to him in aldi in ashton about a month ago.
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Replied: 8th May 2015 at 16:09
always sad to lose a member of our mining community god bless to snowy and his family,
Replied: 8th May 2015 at 18:33
totally unexpected this one. does anyone know how he died ? .
Replied: 11th May 2015 at 16:24
Apparently it was due to an aneurysm, quite sudden.
Replied: 12th May 2015 at 22:24
Don't want to be morbid but I wonder who,ll be the last golborne mon left
Replied: 13th May 2015 at 16:47
as long as he puts the lights out,buying the local paper I am getting like my Dad checking the obituary page,not seen mine yet.
Replied: 13th May 2015 at 18:00
Brian Goulding was a briccy at ypur pit. He liveed in A-in-Mak. Left to start a building business in mid 70s. He lives in Spain.
Replied: 15th May 2015 at 16:11
soreen good luck to him .life is what youm make of it well done to him.
Replied: 15th May 2015 at 18:07
Hi Handsomeminer just seen your post did you know My Dad Allen France he worked at Parsnidge Sadly no longer with us passed away 2003.He lived in Whelley.
Replied: 12th Jul 2015 at 22:40
Sorry alfranco the name dosnt ring a bell,maybe graney Joe may remember
Replied: 13th Jul 2015 at 13:11
Colin sadly no,perhaps Evelyn and Don might know if they are reading this ,I hope somebody will be able to help.
Replied: 13th Jul 2015 at 18:38
Sadly Brian Rosser passed away yesterday RIP Brian
Replied: 1st Dec 2015 at 16:41
Replied: 1st Dec 2015 at 17:43
How old was he Colin?
Replied: 3rd Dec 2015 at 19:25
Think he was 59/60 stey
Replied: 3rd Dec 2015 at 20:11
I thought he'd be about that age, not old at all.
Replied: 3rd Dec 2015 at 22:11
Ste / Colin - Was it Brian who worked in the headings with Colin Farrell ??? If it is, I worked with them at Golborne in the drivages Me, Brian, Colin and Trevor Gurry.
Replied: 14th Dec 2015 at 12:24
Ste they will get back to you ,I know those names ,good luck to you and Frank,Merry Christmas to you and your family and all that know us ,God bless to you all .
Replied: 14th Dec 2015 at 16:50
Yes it was campfire
Replied: 14th Dec 2015 at 18:06
What a quartet that was, Rosser, Farrell, Gurhey, and your good self.
Replied: 14th Dec 2015 at 21:40
Have you seen out of any of the farrells stey
Replied: 15th Dec 2015 at 07:56
Handsomeminer - I bumped into Colin Farrell ages ago, in Stubshaw Cross Labour club of all places and I was surprised.. as he had is Son with him... I had no idea that he had been married (he was then separated) and had a family !!! Their Sammy, I've not seen him since I left Golborne for Parsonage.
We used to joke to both Colin and Sammy about their blow up doll !!! we said they were to tight to buy their own and would share the same one. I've tried to remember the her name but for the life of me I can't..
It's a pity I can't ask Rosser, as he would have remembered.
Never mind.. RIP Brian and I have some great memories that I could talk about for ages.
Replied: 15th Dec 2015 at 11:53
Hi Joe.. All the best to yourself and the family. Don't over do the merriment !!! and make yourself ill. We are all getting any younger.
Replied: 15th Dec 2015 at 11:56
absolutely Ste enjoy yours as well.
Replied: 15th Dec 2015 at 12:42
Cheers campfire I havnt seem any of them for over 20 years despite living close to them did you know teddy their dad
Replied: 15th Dec 2015 at 15:23
Colin, no, I've not seen any of the Farrells for a few years. I do remember their dad, Teddy, very well. I used to catch the bus in Scholes with him. He got hit with the Eimco bucket when we were on the rip on one of the six feet faces. He refused to get on a stretcher, and walked out to the rider. They don't make em like that any more!
Replied: 15th Dec 2015 at 21:59
Indeed they don't stey
Replied: 15th Dec 2015 at 22:05
Colin - unfortunately I didn't meet their Dad Teddy. as I transferred from Bold on the 6th Jan 86 (I remember it well) I think he had retired.
Replied: 17th Dec 2015 at 15:42
there was also another Teddy Farrell who was an overman at both Bold and Bickershaw in the plodder district,sadly he died on his way to work of an heart attack.he had a son Eddie who also worked in the mines.Colin would of known his dad you to Ste(campfire).
Replied: 17th Dec 2015 at 17:34
Hi Joe.. I do remember Teddy Farrel at Bold, he lived at Bryn and I also remember him passing away going to Total Fitness, I'll take a guess at 1982???. His Son went to Parsonage and was nicknamed Bushack due to him always shouting BUSHACK when he was breaking lumps at the bottom of the face with the 14lb hammer.
Replied: 17th Dec 2015 at 20:31
Hi joe ,I remember him we used to have a laugh with him , didn't know Bushack was his son
Replied: 17th Dec 2015 at 20:49
Ste, it would have been about 1990/91 when Eddie's dad, passed away, it was while they were both working at Parsonage. The Bickershaw men moved to Parsonage about 1990, and it closed in 1992.
Replied: 17th Dec 2015 at 21:45
1990ish I think Ste.your right I forgot the bushshack nickname.
Replied: 18th Dec 2015 at 05:46
End of an era gentlemen
Replied: 18th Dec 2015 at 20:19
Seasons greetings to all friends and ex colleagues
Replied: 24th Dec 2015 at 12:24
and the same from me to, have a great one.
Replied: 24th Dec 2015 at 15:38
All the best Gentlemen for the festive season, hope you and the family enjoy it and best wishes also for the New Year.
Memories also for the lads who are no longer wish us.
Replied: 24th Dec 2015 at 20:48
Well said campfire
Replied: 24th Dec 2015 at 21:36
Whups - Sorry, but I didn't notice your post to me last year!
As a belated answer ..... Yes, I do know Jimmy. I never knew him to work at Parkside, though. I thought he was at Parsonage!
Replied: 24th Dec 2015 at 23:15
just to let you guys know that roy southworth died last tuesday.
Replied: 21st Mar 2016 at 16:11
That's a shame Brian R I P Roy
Replied: 21st Mar 2016 at 16:25
Brian Colin another of our mining friends ,sympathies and respect to his family.R.I.P. Roy.
Replied: 21st Mar 2016 at 18:19
I was talking to Dave (Roy's Son) at the Latics game on Saturday and gave him my mobile so he can advise me of the arrangements for his Dads funeral...He is away next week and the funeral may be when he gets back.
I don't want to miss the funeral, so could any WW member post the arrangements when they hear anything ???? Ta..
Replied: 23rd Mar 2016 at 20:59
Sorry to hear about Roy, I always got on well with him.
The last time I spoke to him was at Tommy Hampson's funeral,about eight years ago.
Replied: 23rd Mar 2016 at 22:28
Hi Tuddy...How's things with you matey ???
Roy used to go watching Wigan Athletics on a Season ticket in the west stand and just before the game we would see each other and have a chat. Unfortunately, over the last 2 years Roy wasn't able to go as often due to ill health but their Dave would use the ticket and he would nip round before the game for a chat and update on his Dad..
Sad loss for the family..I respected Roy as a person and for being a fair Overman at the Pit. I didn't really know Roy that well personally only at the match and the odd time when we met up but what little bit I did know about him and my contact at the Pit was always well received.
Replied: 24th Mar 2016 at 08:51
Doing O.K.thanks, nice to hear from you. let us know if you hear when Roy's funeral is, I've got a couple of weeks off work, so I should be able to attend.
Replied: 26th Mar 2016 at 14:24
Will do Ste... I think it will be whups who will be advising us of the arrangements.
Replied: 26th Mar 2016 at 22:03
we will remember him regards to his family.
Replied: 28th Mar 2016 at 15:45
Dave Southworth has contacted me this evening and advised that the funeral for his Dad (Roy) in on Monday 4th April at Wigan Crematorium, commencing at 13:00, then moving on to Golborne / Parkside Rugby Club.
I believe the club is just past Golborne High School on the left and signposted..
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Ste I saw your comments on PLACES .Richard Walker he got a mention on here a couple of years ago,I am glad he as been seen and is ok,along with Colins best wishes pass on mine as well.best regards.
Replied: 31st Mar 2016 at 05:54
Will do Joe...
Replied: 1st Apr 2016 at 13:36
Ste thanks,I wonder how Charlie Fox is doing ?.have a good weekend.
Replied: 1st Apr 2016 at 16:55
Thanks for the details Ste, I should be able to make it.
Replied: 2nd Apr 2016 at 11:48
Nice turn out for Roy's funeral people stood outside no room in the crem building proves he was a well liked bloke.
Replied: 4th Apr 2016 at 17:45
PeterP another miner gone sad.
Replied: 4th Apr 2016 at 18:26
Showed my respects today and it was well attended. Some old faces and some fond memories spoken about. Like always, there was coal dust everywhere....but in a nice way !!!
would have liked to go for a pint afterwards but was unable to, did you for a drink afterwards PeterP???
Replied: 4th Apr 2016 at 20:45
Campfire went to the club had a coffee and a nice chinwag with both of Roy's sons and fellow pitmen who I have not seen since the pit finished.
Replied: 4th Apr 2016 at 22:05
I was thinking when we were stood outside of the chapel, there must have been close on a thousand years of combined skill, knowledge, and experience assembled there, and it won't be passed on to anyone.
Replied: 4th Apr 2016 at 22:33
Your truly right Ste...the skills and knowledge are slowly being a thing of the past. Another 20 years and then there's none..
Replied: 7th Apr 2016 at 15:14
When I started at St Helens college in 1969 most of the mining books were already 20/30 years out of date Today I bet there are not many books around about modern mining methods and even the miners who have just been made redundant do not have the skills to open a new mine
Replied: 9th Apr 2016 at 15:00
I remember starting there 1967 and the head of the mining part was a mr dickie he brow beat us in to buying 2 mining volumes,long gone now,
Replied: 9th Apr 2016 at 15:19
just letting you know that young ponzer- carl bryan has passed away.
Replied: 26th Sep 2016 at 17:31
sad news another of our brothers gone Brian.sympathies to his family R.I.P. Carl .
Replied: 26th Sep 2016 at 18:52
RIP young ponzer
Replied: 3rd Oct 2016 at 15:44
Replied: 25th Oct 2016 at 21:31
hi ste, seen the blog about fracking by tommy 2 stroke. wot a numpty.
Replied: 28th Oct 2016 at 15:05
Orgreave inquiry rejected no surprise well done to those who tried.
Replied: 31st Oct 2016 at 16:27
did you expect anything else joe ? . it aint over yet.
Replied: 1st Nov 2016 at 12:45
no Brian they have had one humiliation with Hillsborough cant afford another.it goes on like you say.
Replied: 1st Nov 2016 at 14:37
Our day will come
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Replied: 1st Nov 2016 at 17:24
hi guys , the trolls are at work on the orgreave blog. take a look at 2 strokes comments on miners.
Replied: 2nd Nov 2016 at 15:28
two strokes where that come from.
Replied: 2nd Nov 2016 at 17:42
So you are picking on me in this topic too
My great grandad was a Ewer in the mines and he worked at the Blundells Colliery in Pemberton and he lived in a two up two down terraced house on Billinge Road in Pemberton, with his twenty kids, three of whom were stillborn (I got all that information from the the 1911 census entry) so I have got miners blood running through my veins
Replied: 2nd Nov 2016 at 20:23
listen 2 stroke this is our blog for those who worked at golborne & you,ve been having a go yourself hav,nt you. you wont get any sympathy on this blog.i dont care on your so-called background as it,s you that has,nt done a tap in the mining industry. wait til some of the lads on here see your replies on the orgreave blog about miners & your pics of thatcher & scargill getting arrested at orgreave on your fracking blog.
Replied: 3rd Nov 2016 at 00:26
Brian well said.
Replied: 3rd Nov 2016 at 06:38
So you don't want me
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Replied: 3rd Nov 2016 at 12:42
Reet then I am going to go and have a sulk
Replied: 3rd Nov 2016 at 18:07
Replied: 4th Nov 2016 at 13:06
Iam sure I heard the noise of toys falling out of the pram.
Replied: 4th Nov 2016 at 16:11
no doubt joe.
Replied: 4th Nov 2016 at 16:21
.have a good weekend Brian.
Replied: 4th Nov 2016 at 18:34
Whups ,talking to Gary jelling tonight he's good sends his regards
Replied: 5th Nov 2016 at 00:24
Colin you have a good weekend plenty of rugby on this weekend
Replied: 5th Nov 2016 at 06:25
And you too Joe
Replied: 5th Nov 2016 at 10:46
glad he,s ok colin. tell him i,m thinking of making a comeback LOL.
Replied: 5th Nov 2016 at 13:43
Haha will do Brian tell us when your first match is I,ll come and watch
Replied: 5th Nov 2016 at 15:46
do you know harry shep has moved down south .
Replied: 6th Nov 2016 at 16:43
"My great grandad was a Ewer ..."
Replied: 6th Nov 2016 at 18:21
Tonker could have been worse it could have been your great grandma
Replied: 6th Nov 2016 at 19:19
Brian...do you see anything of Colin Hayes??
Replied: 12th Nov 2016 at 19:31
yes i do ste. r u after him ? .
Replied: 13th Nov 2016 at 13:37
good wishes to all my friends on WW including tonker big moon tomorrow ,god bless to you all,
Replied: 13th Nov 2016 at 17:38
thanx joe. if anyone knows frank prior who worked at golborne he,s in whiston with a stroke.
Replied: 14th Nov 2016 at 16:25
good luck on a full recovery for him.
Replied: 14th Nov 2016 at 18:25
guys have you seen the ad on bbc 1 for the documentary on the last pit closure ? . starts next monday @ 9 oclock. no doubt ste garner will be on it.
Replied: 15th Nov 2016 at 12:40
I will be watching and recording it.
Replied: 15th Nov 2016 at 16:07
did anyone watch it ? . did you get emotional . hard to take was,nt it guys.
Replied: 22nd Nov 2016 at 12:53
Brian I watched it yes very emotional recorded it for future use.
Replied: 22nd Nov 2016 at 14:01
did you get emotional
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your right joe. i didnt think i would be but i suffered every emotion i could. if we are like this in the 1st episode then i shudder to see wot were going to be like after next weeks episode when they close it down.
Replied: 22nd Nov 2016 at 21:16
but i suffered every emotion i could
Did you suffer embarrassment, envy, they're emotions?
Replied: 22nd Nov 2016 at 21:30
It brought a lot of memories back Whups. I could almost taste that chewing tobacco and smell those safety lamps. Did'nt see anything of Ste though, mustn't have been his shift.
Replied: 22nd Nov 2016 at 22:35
your right ste. see the trolls are active.
Replied: 23rd Nov 2016 at 00:38
no surprises there.
Replied: 23rd Nov 2016 at 07:05
Question for both Ste and Brian,what was the low seam at Golborne with the trepanner being the coalcutter.?
Replied: 25th Nov 2016 at 08:48
i,m not sure joe as there was a lot in the florida seam . L12,L20,L19 . etc.
Replied: 25th Nov 2016 at 12:48
Joe I think it was L12 because this was the lowest worked section in the Lower Florida.
Replied: 25th Nov 2016 at 14:50
Brian now you mention Florida light bulb comes on yes your right Roy Southworth overman .have a good weekend
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PeterP yes your right ,going down the face toolbag tied to the ankle on your belly crawling down the face,the amount of coal produced amazing have a good weekend.
Replied: 25th Nov 2016 at 16:30
Joe can remember during the holidays they stopped coal production on L12. During this time the face still had to be inspected and I can remember turning my battery round putting it on the side of the panzer and using the cutter chain to haul myself along the face because I am that tall at 6ft 1in I could barely crawl along the face which was around the 3ft mark in height
Replied: 25th Nov 2016 at 17:19
PeterP yes confined spaces training never mentioned but the coal produced amazing ,we had Florida at Bold but the seam was 4ft.at least ,happy days .looking forward to BBC1 monday second programme on Kellingly tissues ready
Replied: 25th Nov 2016 at 17:53
The lowest face that I knew at Golborne was H.12. in the Higher Florida seam. We had to use special short shovels as it was too low to use a normal shovel, about a metre high at most. I can't remember if the cutter was a trepanner or a shearer, I didn't work on there regularly, but I think the powered supports were made by Dowty and not Gullicks. Chris Southworth will know.
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L12 was pretty low ste. i had to go on it once with austin garnett crawled all the way down it into the return.it,s goin to be very emotional on monday.
Replied: 26th Nov 2016 at 10:51
still a must watch though glass of Irish malt and tissues handy.
Replied: 26th Nov 2016 at 15:16
Austin Garnett, now there's a blast from the past,I wonder if he's still around.
Replied: 26th Nov 2016 at 21:21
i think he,s passed on ste.
Replied: 27th Nov 2016 at 01:41
Austin Garnett defiantly a blast from the past ,H12 took 42 inch of coal, dowry chicks had flatter bottoms and tops ,and shearer so on the face
Replied: 28th Nov 2016 at 18:52
Hi Colin,just watched Kellingly very emotional cant believe the age of some of the miners one said he was 55 he looked older,but good programme good luck to them for the future.can you imagine jimmy crooks selling Mercedes.
Replied: 28th Nov 2016 at 22:10
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Joe I also watched the Big K which employed 450 men,How many of them found fresh employmentEvery so often I see Jimmy Crookes in the supermarket and its nearly 10yrs ago since he was on telly with Alf Moulineux and Fred Dibnah
Replied: 28th Nov 2016 at 22:21
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You've got a good memory Colin. So if the cut was 42 inch on H12, it was probably at least 6 inches lower under the supports, so about 36 inches working height. I remember that it wasn't high enough for some fellers to kneel up and answer the call of nature.
Replied: 28th Nov 2016 at 23:20
yes joe it,s because of chasing that bonus carrot wot did it.
Replied: 29th Nov 2016 at 00:41
Brian they didnt get the payments we got the tories put a limit on the payment,every school should show that programme and see what real men are.
Replied: 29th Nov 2016 at 07:44
Yes stey a bit lower than that ,Joe your right about how old the men looked
Replied: 29th Nov 2016 at 08:27
i worked near the face joe & all i got was a £10 a week pit bonus while the typists at anderton house got £25 a week on the area bonus. our own men sold us down the river.how much money was the face men on in the plodder ? .
Replied: 29th Nov 2016 at 13:06
the face men at bickershaws Plodder were on something like £20 per day,myself and Cclin were on £15 per day along with the other 3 lads on our installation team,we had to negotiate our bonus ourselves but if we worked along side of the Plodder men we didnt get their bonus.
Replied: 29th Nov 2016 at 14:45
Hi Joe ,iam sure the lower Florida faces L19 , L12 and L20 had all finished when you came over from Bold ,I worked on all the higher Florida faces don't remember you down there but obviously could be wrong I don't remember Roy southward there either ,could have been the Ince 6ft you where on that was quit low and I think Roy worked on them, I never liked working in the Plodder where you was for obvious reasons plus it was very cold, me and shep where sent into the Plodder a couple of days after the explosion to check things over not a nice experience 2 grown men literally holding hands
Replied: 29th Nov 2016 at 16:36
Plodder was freezing because of the ventillation for obvious reasons,I liked working with the lads ,jimmy clarke ,brian southworth and the others ,if frank clarke hadnt been in charge of the electrical day to day running I would of been frozen out new kid on the block,we did the right thing going on that installation team had some great times,
Replied: 29th Nov 2016 at 16:53
well guys i can assure you that was all we got bonus money . i remember martin eden going to bickershaw & telling me how much more bonus mooney they got compared to golborne. colin roy southworth came into those areas when C9 started & then on from C11 & S7 until it shut.
Replied: 29th Nov 2016 at 20:37
L12 was operating when I started at Golborne in 1975,it was the first district that I worked in. L20 would have started a year or two after that. Joe Moss was the overman in the Lower Florida when I started.
Replied: 29th Nov 2016 at 21:57
Tuddy you mean the tazmanian devil who used to be running about like a headless chicken He was one of them who was brain washed/dead who kept saying aye the pit will shut when I retire He soon learned when he finished he was but a number and the pit was still there
Replied: 29th Nov 2016 at 22:22
Tasmanian Devil, That's a good description of Joe, he was never still. Ten stone of temper! He was always okay with me when I first started though, he got my money made up, never turned me down for overtime.
Replied: 29th Nov 2016 at 22:50
Joe also worked on the higher Florida faces I always got on with him looked after men's money
Replied: 29th Nov 2016 at 23:18
dont forget bill jones ste.
Replied: 30th Nov 2016 at 00:26
Bentlegs you say you did a spell at Quaker House ,what time period was it? and also did you know any of these ,
Wilf Winstanley, cutter on face, thom Winstanley (Wilf's dad) Jimmy Harrison, "BIG"Bob Witherington, just a few i am keen to know if any one knew my dad,he was in a roof fall one christmas time later DONALD found him work "on top" My dad had a lot of time for OWNER DONALD ANDERSON, more so for he found him some gardening work at his house in PARBOLD on saturday's till dinner ,i suppose it was his way of topping his wage up a bit ,for up to the accident dad was earning good money on face, then wallop on top.So hope to hear from you.
Replied: 30th Nov 2016 at 15:01
If you thought a seam 42 inch high was low,Brackley Colliery had one just 22 inch high,I went there on a visit around 1955,the colliers used flat spades,another strange thing was,there was a branch of the Bridgewater Canal running through the workings.
Replied: 30th Nov 2016 at 17:14
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spud1 thats amazing that wasnt coal it was gold,it must of been top quality coal.
Replied: 30th Nov 2016 at 17:38
I did my training in the M/c area,based at Howe Bridge Pit,and the training Pit was Newtown Colliery,Brackley was close to and we went on a visit,I think the coal was from the Arley seam,it was a very small pit.
Replied: 30th Nov 2016 at 18:43
When I 1st started for the NCB in 1969 we went on a visit to Hapton Valley Colliery and went on the coal face there and I think the face was about 28 inches high and they used a plough to cut the coal. One run of the plough cut approx 3 inches of coal.You never got told off for lying down on the job
Replied: 30th Nov 2016 at 21:09
I was at Parkside when the explosion happened at Hapton Valley,it was found that the foil off tobacco had caused it,we had to check everything made of Alluminium,and they all were removed.
Replied: 30th Nov 2016 at 23:51
that,s true spud1. when i did my training at old boston there was films on this subject. when you got chewies in the canteen they were wrapped in waxed paper.
Replied: 1st Dec 2016 at 11:30
As ex-miners join in with ---This song--that was song so well on Monday night
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well done dougie
Replied: 2nd Dec 2016 at 04:38
Whups fancy giving us a chorus of McNamaras Band
Replied: 2nd Dec 2016 at 08:14
i,d love to colin but got the bug thats going round at present.bad chest.
Replied: 2nd Dec 2016 at 14:58
look after yourself Brian.
Replied: 2nd Dec 2016 at 16:23
all the best guys. have a "gud un"& colin if you see gary melling give him all my best.
Replied: 18th Dec 2016 at 12:56
All the best to you Brian and all our other ex colleagues ,I,ll pass on your regards when. I see gary
Replied: 18th Dec 2016 at 15:13
MERRY CHRISTMAS my friends.
Replied: 19th Dec 2016 at 06:41
guys, nobby clark is organising a golborne pit reunion at the hingemakers in ashton on the 24th march around 6ish .anyone who is interested get yourself down there & let anyone know who worked aat golborne.
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Merry Noo Year
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does anyone know about this ? .
Replied: 12th Jan 2017 at 01:24
hopefully yes Brian if they read these threads.
Replied: 12th Jan 2017 at 05:53
hi joe . i had to put that on because this guy 2 stroke is trying to hijack the thread by putting stupid remarks on it . he,s now on ignore from me.
Replied: 12th Jan 2017 at 12:11
Hello Brian good move he might be trying to copy tonker.
Replied: 12th Jan 2017 at 18:27
Some more sad news, I've heard that Terry Leigh ( Diamond Yed ) has passed away. R.I.P. Terry.
Replied: 26th Jan 2017 at 20:46
That's sad stey he couldn't have been much above 60 ,R I P Terry
Replied: 26th Jan 2017 at 21:17
Sad news Colin, Ste, R.I.P.Terry.
Replied: 27th Jan 2017 at 05:11
Yet another bites the dust,RIP Terry
Replied: 27th Jan 2017 at 11:03
i knew he was bad with alzimers but still a sad day. rip terry.
Replied: 27th Jan 2017 at 15:49
Colin, He was 71, Terry's funeral is at Saint Catherine's, Scholes, 11 am, on Thursday.
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Replied: 28th Jan 2017 at 17:14
more bad news guys. harlod peters has died.
Replied: 29th Jan 2017 at 14:35
Never a dull moment when you were with Harold, R.I.P. "PEEDERS"
Replied: 29th Jan 2017 at 20:30
R I P Harold as Tuddy says never a dull moment
Replied: 29th Jan 2017 at 22:24
it looks like big C has got him.
Replied: 30th Jan 2017 at 00:38
guys iv,e heard a whisper that jonny goulding who worked with harold in L3brow has passed on . but dont hold me to it as i,m not sure myself if the info is genuine ? . maybe someone who lives in the chorley area may know something.
Replied: 28th Feb 2017 at 11:12
more bad news guys. terry cave has passed on.
Replied: 4th Jun 2017 at 22:15
another one of our mining fraternity R.I.P. Terry.
Replied: 5th Jun 2017 at 08:19
does'nt look to good for terry,s funeral guys. they cant find his estranged daughter & it looks as if wigan council might have to bury him in a paupers grave ? .
Replied: 14th Jun 2017 at 16:23
that is very sad .
Replied: 19th Jun 2017 at 06:38
guys iv,e been told by brian eden that mitch is in a hospice.
Replied: 9th Dec 2017 at 00:20
Next Golborne ex miners meeting is on Wednesday May 2nd, Golborne Bowling club, 7pm.
Replied: 30th Apr 2018 at 21:46
enjoy it lads .
Replied: 1st May 2018 at 07:44
has everyone got their badges yet ? .
Replied: 7th May 2018 at 14:55
yes got mine a few weeks ago.
Replied: 8th May 2018 at 07:29
have you wore it yet joe ? .
Replied: 10th May 2018 at 11:50
yes it is on my jacket Brian.
Replied: 11th May 2018 at 06:41
i still cant open the seal on mine . i,ve got another 1 coming.
Replied: 11th May 2018 at 15:14
I dont blame you they will become collectors pieces.
Replied: 12th May 2018 at 08:32
got my new badges guys. i,ll be wearing this 1.
Replied: 17th May 2018 at 14:14
guys iv,e just been in the post office in ashton & the badges are on open sale in there . so anyone who is after 1 can get them in there.
Replied: 19th May 2018 at 12:08
Went to Astley Green colliery today for a steam gala and there was a head gear wheel from Golborne Colliery which had been painted light green. Does any body know which colour the wheel wasI don't think it has been painted the right shade of greenI have looked on WW photos and the head gears look a dark green
Replied: 19th May 2018 at 18:09
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they were green peter.
Replied: 19th May 2018 at 19:56
Brian I know they were green but they wanted to paint it in the original SHADE of Green
Replied: 20th May 2018 at 11:30
we wernt there peter when they was erected ? .
Replied: 20th May 2018 at 17:40
I am hoping some one who worked in the paint shop can remember the colour
Replied: 20th May 2018 at 18:40
as long as it is marked up ex Golborne headgear.
Replied: 21st May 2018 at 07:05
Where is ashtonpost office
Replied: 21st May 2018 at 07:17
Handsomeminer come down the A49 from Wigan to Ashton. At the traffic lights (library on your right)follow the road to the right (heading to Haydock) post office on your left opposite the Brian Boru club
Replied: 21st May 2018 at 08:39
Cheers Peter I know the Brian boru
Replied: 21st May 2018 at 10:04
good to hear from you Colin hope you and yours are well.
Replied: 22nd May 2018 at 08:21
Byes thanks Joe hope everything's good at your end
Replied: 23rd May 2018 at 16:20
Yes thanks Joe
Replied: 23rd May 2018 at 16:21
hiya colin . seen anything of gary melling ? .
Replied: 24th May 2018 at 14:46
fine and well good luck to all my friendS AND vinny
Replied: 24th May 2018 at 16:48
Was talking to him last Friday up Wigan he,fineBrian
Replied: 24th May 2018 at 17:47
good , give him my best colin . have you got your badge yet ? .
Replied: 28th May 2018 at 10:46
Not yet Brian pllanningto have a ride to Ashton post office next week what sit like for parking near it
Replied: 28th May 2018 at 13:27
it,s on bryn st & not all that good to park very near it . but if you go further up you maybe lucky on the right ( millingford st)or other that that turn left at the chicken shop & take a look on garswood st or in that area near the market.
Replied: 28th May 2018 at 13:57
According to the “ Old Golborne” web site they sell them in Golborne library. May be easier parking.
Replied: 28th May 2018 at 14:47
Thanks whups n broady probably go golborne library
Replied: 28th May 2018 at 20:49
Handsomeminer if you drive past the Brian Boru with the post office on your left take the 1st turning on your left.This is Garswood street and the Market square is on your left this is were you can park up
Replied: 29th May 2018 at 09:03
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Called at Ashton post office today sold out of badges would one of you let me know if they get some more please
Replied: 1st Jun 2018 at 14:35
Rowlands Chemist on (A49)Wigan road 100 yds past Arnold Clarkes car showroom on the left now selling them (not open sat/sun)
Replied: 1st Jun 2018 at 16:12
talking to harry cunliffe on friday in b&ms & he,s got he,s from the post office . if you dont get 1 colin i can get u 1 if you can get to my house or i,ll post it on here when they get some more .
Replied: 2nd Jun 2018 at 11:22
Thanks Brian/Peter ,I'll call at Rowlands
Replied: 4th Jun 2018 at 06:21
no probs colin.
Replied: 4th Jun 2018 at 12:34
guys little malc higson has passed away. funeral in golborne on monday 18 - 6 in golborne.he was in his 50s.
Replied: 17th Jun 2018 at 15:45
R I P Malc
Replied: 17th Jun 2018 at 16:49
more sad news guys. heard that harry shepp has passed away .
Replied: 14th Sep 2018 at 16:14
Harry Shep's funeral will take place at St john's church in Pemberton at 11-30am on the 12th of October.
Replied: 4th Oct 2018 at 22:10
i,ll let people know ste.
Replied: 5th Oct 2018 at 12:38
just for campfire . colin hayes,s grandson has died , he was 13.
Replied: 20th Dec 2018 at 11:47
40th aniversary walk in golborne on 17th march at 1pm start at the queen anne .and the passing of plodder man david houghton.
Replied: 14th Feb 2019 at 14:33
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david houghton,s funeral is on thursday 28th at 11 o,clock at holy trinity downall green .
Replied: 20th Feb 2019 at 15:53
sorry i cant be with you guys but i,m laid-up at the moment with sciatica . had it now for about 5 weeks & cant shift it & even had a injection in my back on thursday at wri/ton . anyway have a gud un & have a few pints after for me .
Replied: 17th Mar 2019 at 10:35
sorry guys that franny gregson has passed away .
Replied: 21st May 2019 at 17:29
more bad news as brian eden has passed away.
Replied: 8th Jul 2019 at 18:45
Attended Brian's funeral yesterday and experienced a lovely service. Seen and spoke to some long lost fellow pitmen, pity it was at Brian's funeral. Sincere condolences to his Wife and family.
Spoke briefly to Martin and he thanked us for taking the Golborne NUM banner. R.I.P Brian.
Replied: 19th Jul 2019 at 15:07
ste have you read our other blog ? . some references on there .
Replied: 20th Jul 2019 at 00:14
sad news my life long friend colin hayes has passed on .
Replied: 3rd Sep 2019 at 00:16
What's happened to him Brian? I only saw him last month when he was with you in Golborne.
Replied: 3rd Sep 2019 at 17:39
he,s had a massive heart attack ste . he was at my house on sat & was complaining about pains in his chest . sunday teatime the paramedics were called . they tried to get him to salford royal but alas he was DOA .
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if i hear any details i,ll put them on both blogs.
Replied: 4th Sep 2019 at 01:13
i dont know how true this is guys but iv,e heard that there is no church & they are going striaght to the crem in wigan ? .
Replied: 4th Sep 2019 at 16:10
colin,s funeral is wednesday 11th sep @ 3 pm at wigan crem . if there is any change i,ll put it on our blogs .
Replied: 5th Sep 2019 at 00:13
we cant cover ourselves with glory on this 1 guys . poor showing from the pit i,m afraid.
Replied: 11th Sep 2019 at 17:11
tuddy iv,e just seen the pic of jack turner & his gang thats on golborne miners from facebook. it was on sammys phone . do you think you could get it on here on our pics in the work section as i,d like to download it & any others thats on facebook because i knew every one of them in the florida shunt .
Replied: 24th Sep 2019 at 00:09
Sorry Brian, I don't know how to get them on here, but if Sammy's got it on his phone can he not send it to you?
Replied: 24th Sep 2019 at 21:42
i dont think so ste as he,s not been made a member yet . it,s a cracking pic . he did,nt know them all but i did . jack turner , colin davies (fireman) , reg floyd , dicky smout , peter beardsmore & kenny darbyshire.maybe someone who,s put pics on here before like chris southworth could help ?.
Replied: 24th Sep 2019 at 22:29
I've just been on the site and made Sammy a member.
Replied: 24th Sep 2019 at 22:50
i,ll let him know ste.
Replied: 25th Sep 2019 at 00:18
anyone know whats going on with alan parky ? .
Replied: 4th Nov 2019 at 17:10
just seen jonnie price & he tells me that alan parky isnt very good & has the early stages of demina .
Replied: 11th Nov 2019 at 14:49
Found this site when I was searching Google for something else. Brought back a lot of memories. Was very sad to hear the way Terry Cave died. Spent some time with him in the Ince 6 feet on afternoon shifts, and caught up with him in South Africa when I was working for Gullicks.
Replied: 20th Nov 2019 at 07:04
did u work at golborne timl & what were you , a lekky or fitter? .
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Whups I was an apprentice and then an electrician, worked on C9 for a spell, left just before the strike to go and work at Gullicks. When I was an apprentice used to travel on the coach and sit near the back where Jack Taylor used to sit. Seem to remember you and big Dickie (I think that was his name) and some others used to get on at the Blue Bell in Downall Green ?
It's been a while, so I might not have it 100% right.
Replied: 23rd Nov 2019 at 11:06
that,s true but it was jack turner your on about . i worked in c9 t/road & i may well know you . have you seen our golborne gallery in pictures under the work section as jack , me & a few others on there you could well know . could you let us know your name ? .
Replied: 23rd Nov 2019 at 11:29
I'm Tim Ledwith, my Dad, Tom Ledwith was an Overman in the 6 feet. I was in the same apprenticeship year as Brian Rawsthorne, who survived the blast. Seem to remember the C9 top road manrider Jackie Jones was the driver, and he had a young bloke who worked at the pit as well, the guard on the manrider was Felix ? Like I said in the last post, it's been a while and reading these posts is bringing some of the memories back - even if they're slightly wrong.
Replied: 24th Nov 2019 at 12:25
felix cabos was his name & worked with me & sammy hughes & derek churton in c9 top road on that manrider , before felix it was tommy kebbell who drove the manrider . don shawcross was the engine driver in the engine house & i remember your dad tommy . was talking to brian at the book signing about the disaster at golborne library . tim i worked on c9 from start to finish even putting the stopper on it when it finished & i slightly remember you too . have you looked at our pic gallery in the work section i,m on there with dickie eck & others you may remember once you,ve looked at those pics & we are on the last page of those pics .where r u now ? .
Replied: 24th Nov 2019 at 13:41
Hi Brian, not sure where I remember Jackie Jones from, he might have been the afternoon shift driver on C9, or I've got my manriders mixed up and he was driving the S7 or the Plodder return manrider. Jemmy Wood (?) used to drive the S1 rider I think.
Looked at the photos, remember you and big dickie and the L3 photo with Jack Turner in it. Didn't Bill Scholes used to be the deputy for L3 shunt ? I remember him catching me riding under the safety gate on the L3 belt, and I had to go and see Gerald Eaves (not a good day).
Like I said before, I left just before the strike and went working for Gullicks, then emigrated to Australia in 1993 with Gullicks, now working for a company that makes electrical equipment for underground coal mines. Haven't been back to the UK since 2014, but I made sure to visit the memorial where the pit gates used to be.
Replied: 25th Nov 2019 at 05:39
hi tim jemmy wood did indeed drive the manrider that was under the belt at florida shunt & thru the air doors , but before him it was tommy horwich who if you remember used to do his hawian guitar act . a mate of mine used to work at gullicks in the welding dept , ste cusick . bill scholes was their fireman but before him it was jimmy armstrong . on a sadder note harold peters that worked in L3 brow with jonny goulding & tony wzkevise died last year of big c along with tony with the same complaint .where in aussie r u tim .
Replied: 25th Nov 2019 at 11:23
Hi Brian, read about Harold dying on this messageboard, but don't remember seeing anything about sweetpea. I'll have to go back to the beginning and read through it all again. I suspect its getting easier to say who's still with us rather than all those good people who are sadly no longer with us.
When I was working for Gullicks I worked at a lot of different pits in the UK and overseas, and I never found one that had the same 'feel' as what Golborne had.
Saw the picture of the electricians John Marsh, Jackie Greenhalgh, Allan Parr and Dickie Humphries outside the new workshop in the photo section. We moved into the new workshop just before I left, previously the electrician's shop was upstairs in the old building, I remember having to use the hoist to lift cables in to the workshop so we could put the ends on them.
I'm living in Mackay, which is on the east coast of Australia, about two thirds of the way up if you're looking for it on a map.
Replied: 26th Nov 2019 at 02:03
hi tim dont know if you know that jackie & john have passed on . sweetpea (tony) was with my cousin christine for years & he got skin cancer & passed about 5 yrs ago & he,s in st pauls at goose green he was around 55. i see alan parr around ashton now & again & tony walsh . a mate of mine has 2 daughters out there in brisbane where he & his wife go out there every year for around 3mths a time . i wish i had a quid for every time i,d dragged those armoured cables around . your right about the ones who are still with us as my mate & friend colin heyes who worked at golborne passed away on the 1st sept which left me gutted & still trying to get over it . anyway keep in touch & if i hear owt i generally put it on here or the other blog . c u soon.
Replied: 26th Nov 2019 at 11:44
Wishing everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Replied: 24th Dec 2019 at 12:48
same to you timm . have a "gud un" & hope the fires die down . my mates there now in brisbane .
Replied: 24th Dec 2019 at 14:31
All the best Tim and to all ex Golborne men. Happy Christmas.
Replied: 24th Dec 2019 at 21:39
same to you ste.
Replied: 25th Dec 2019 at 11:19
well done Eric Foster on your OBE
Replied: 5th Jan 2020 at 10:58
how r u going on over there tim ? .
Replied: 14th Jan 2020 at 12:37
Brian, luckily we live away from the areas where the bushfires are happening, so we haven't been directly affected. We have had some problems with shortages in the supermarkets and petrol stations because the trucks haven't been able to get through, but everything is OK at the moment. You keeping OK over there ?
Replied: 17th Jan 2020 at 06:34
apart from my knees i,m not to bad . lucky there then tim . my mate is in brisbane with his wife & 2 of his daughters & their families & hav,nt heard anything from them . keep in touch mate & hope there,s an improvement for you .
Replied: 17th Jan 2020 at 12:26
just heard that ronnie brown has passed on .
Replied: 11th Feb 2020 at 17:42
Hope you boys don't mind me adding to this thread. I was looking for a relative but didn't come across him. However I was most surprised to come across Tim. I knew him as a boy living in Lawns Ave. if you see this Tim I was at number 14. I always sent Christmas cards to your mum and dad.
Something else may be of interest to the darts team of past. On the photo the big lad in the middle with dark hair is one of my cruising pals along with his wife.
Replied: 11th Feb 2020 at 18:36
that would be ronnie lynn anne.
Replied: 12th Feb 2020 at 00:17
Would that be the Plodder Overman Ronnie Brown (Popeye) or the Overman Ronnie Brown that worked on C9 (who had a brother Billy who drove the Shearer and I think became a deputy later on) that passed away ? Tim.
I think I may remember you, not going to mention surnames , but did you have a daughter called Janine ? I remember another Anne - she was married to Harry (I think) and had a tribe of red haired kids and a little terrier dog that yapped all day when I was trying to sleep on night shift, I think she lived at number 16 or 18. Sorry but its been a while. Tim.
Replied: 12th Feb 2020 at 09:40
Hi Tim, thanks for replying. No, I am not either of those. Using my middle name on these boards will have confused you. If I say I had a big Alsatian dog named Carl would that help, also my late husband Allan went sea fishing with your dad and Jim Noonan your next door neighbour. I assume your mum and dad are no longer here as I have not had cards for some years.
Replied: 12th Feb 2020 at 10:10
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the 1 on c9 tim his brother was billy . the other ronnie brown was fireman at the pit bottom & his son russell worked on c11.
Replied: 12th Feb 2020 at 19:11
Hi 'Anne', yes I do remember you now, you & Allan moved to that small estate over Winstanley, was it called springpool or something similar ? I seem to remember Steven Holland and his wife (from 4 Lawns Avenue) moved there as well. Mum died in 2009 and Dad is in a nursing home in Pemberton hence no cards.
Replied: 13th Feb 2020 at 01:59
Timl time does not stop for anyone. After the pit finished I remember talking with your dad a few times when he worked on the leisure barges from Wigan Pier to Trencherfield Mill
Replied: 13th Feb 2020 at 08:52
Tim....Your quite right about Steven, he is a neighbour of mine, quite a pleasant little cul-de-sac here. Hope all is well with you and yours.
Replied: 13th Feb 2020 at 09:12
I remember your Dad well Tim, he was the deputy on the face where I did my training. It was one of the six feet faces, can't remember which one. The last time I saw him he was driving one of the barges at Wigan pier, he let my lad steer it while we had a chat. hope he's doing okay.
Replied: 13th Feb 2020 at 21:17
We are all fine thanks.
Might have been S7, Dad and his crew moved there when L20 finished, after that there were the faces going off S2 brew, I think they were S3, S4 and S5. Dad really enjoyed working on the barges while it lasted. Dad has got Alzheimers and is in a nursing home in Pemberton.
Replied: 14th Feb 2020 at 23:47
sorry to hear that tim . i ended up on s7 & remember him well.
Replied: 15th Feb 2020 at 00:46
Tim, now you mention it,it was one of the faces off S2 brew.
Anne, if you're looking for a relative who worked at Golborne there's a facebook page called Golborne ex miner's and families, somebody on the site might be able to help you.
Replied: 15th Feb 2020 at 16:07
I am registered with Facebook but don't use it. Anyhow this person died some years ago and probably was at Golborne before the people posting on this site, therefore no mention of him.
Replied: 16th Feb 2020 at 11:45
who was it anne ? . maybe we can help ?
Replied: 17th Feb 2020 at 12:05
jimmy marks has passed.
Replied: 8th Mar 2020 at 23:58
They're just starting to roll out some travel bans because of the coronavirus, so your mate might have to stay in Australia a bit longer than he planned to.
Is it caussing many problems in the UK ?
Replied: 19th Mar 2020 at 05:14
he,s already back tim . but i,m sure another couple of exrta months would have been ok for him.
Replied: 19th Mar 2020 at 12:29
How's things going over there ? We're in a semi-lockdown, but still allowed to travel to and from work and other essentials. Pubs, Clubs, Restaurants and Cafes still open for takeaway only. Shopping centres only essential shops open like supermarkets.
Replied: 20th Apr 2020 at 02:55
no pubs or very few shops are open tim . were limited to 1 shop a day or to take your dog for a walk . buses & councils & essential workers still doing their bit . there,s a 2 meter gap that has to be adhered to when in shops or supermarkets . everyone is now getting fed-up with it all & they just introduced another 3 week extention on the lock down . great to here from you tim & have you seem the new pic on golborne colliery with jack turner & his gang on there ? .
Replied: 20th Apr 2020 at 12:36
guys iv,e heard eric duckworth has passed on .
Replied: 27th Apr 2020 at 12:53
Sad news, was he the Afternoon Shift Chargehand Fitter, or am I thinking of someone else ?
Replied: 28th Apr 2020 at 02:27
your right tim & iv,e also heard that joe graney has passed on .
Replied: 28th Apr 2020 at 11:24
RIP Eric and Joe.
Replied: 29th Apr 2020 at 04:40
just heard ronnie miller has passsed on .
Replied: 30th Apr 2020 at 12:03
Not sure I remember him Brian, whereabouts did he work ?
Replied: 1st May 2020 at 08:45
he worked on the haulage in the crummy then went onto the face tim . he used to get changed in my alley & i knew him quite well .
Replied: 1st May 2020 at 11:47
guys eddie mulcrow has passed on .
Replied: 5th May 2020 at 14:34
ste how,s alan parky .
Replied: 28th May 2020 at 16:44
Not happy about the comments about Brian Rawsthorne on the other messageboard, but I'm not about to say anything to prolong the argument.
The bloke made an honest mistake, and thats it, but until we've walked a mile in his shoes, we are in no position to judge. It's easy to make a mistake when filling in forms - didn't some of the guys who transferred to Golborne when Hapton Valley shut get into trouble because they misunderstood what entitlements they could claim ?
Hope you are well in the current situation. Tim.
Replied: 29th Jun 2020 at 03:00
keeping my head above water tim . yes this guy firefox is a nasty piece of work along with this guy tonker too who started this whole thing off . i seem to be on my own defending brian rawsthorne & could do with others giving thier opinion on the comments . yes the hapton valley men were called "the burnley men" & was jeff blackburns men & were on the bacon & egg turn from 9 till 4. i worked with them now & again in C9 . how is things over there tim ? .
Replied: 29th Jun 2020 at 10:51
Your not on your own -they have never been in a position like Brian or any other hardworking miners. However best not to feed there little sick ego's.
Replied: 29th Jun 2020 at 19:44
thats what they do tombow . those replies on the other thread are repulsive & admin shud have stepped in after reading those comments .
Replied: 30th Jun 2020 at 00:06
They've lifted some of the restrictions over here, but numbers are still limited in public places.
I remember the original 'Burnley Men' you talked about, they were Geoff Blackburn's personal hit squad and were bloody good workers. The other guys I were talking aqbout were the people wheo transferred later on when Hapton Valley closed, there were a couple of electricians amongst them.
Best advice with firefox is leave him be and not reply to him, and he'll get bored and move on (like that Tommy Two Stroke). He's just another keyboard jockey who grows a pair of balls when they get behind a keyboard and say things they wouldn't have the guts to say to your face.
I was in the same apprenticeship year as Brian Rawsthorne, so it could have easily been one of the other apprentices or me who was down there on that Sunday.
Replied: 30th Jun 2020 at 02:07
i know your right tim but my blood just boils when i see posts like that .there are some bad eggs on here & admin shud step in & stop them posting there vindictive posts . the lockdown here has turned against us as they relocked down leicester & iv,e heard there retesting in wigan too .i remember a lad called keith who came from hapton valley & knocked around with ste halliwell the fitter & i think he was 1 too.
Replied: 30th Jun 2020 at 14:41
Two of the HV four were Anthrobus and Anthrobus brothers
Replied: 30th Jun 2020 at 19:17
I know it's hard not to do mate, but if you keep replying to these sort of people, they'll just keep the argument going and probably attract other trolls to the site. They're very careful with the words they use, so the posts are certainly inflammatory, but not quite bad enough for the admins to step in and do something about it.
Some parts of Australia are looking at having to go back into lockdown because the corona virus has flared up again.
I seem to recall one of the Burnley men was called Sid, he was the loudest of the 4.
Take care of yourselves, Tim.
Replied: 1st Jul 2020 at 07:24
yes sid was the loudest & the littlest of the 4 of them . tim some of them dont care what they say & are vicious with it .
Replied: 1st Jul 2020 at 11:43
Keith Gardener was stey Halliwells mate anybody had any contact with Stey or his mate Eddie Mac
Replied: 3rd Jul 2020 at 14:57
not seen or heard from anyone since the pit shut colin . i,m wondering if eddie mac is still with us ? .
Replied: 4th Jul 2020 at 01:38
Hi Brian, hope you're keeping well mate, been looking at the new photos posted in the golborne album on wiganworld. Was sorry to find out that Ronnie Bache has been dead for so long, spent some time with him on C9 on the afternoon shifts (seem to recall he worked permanent afternoon shifts). Tim.
Replied: 30th Oct 2020 at 07:31
hi tim , yes it,s been a long time since ronnie passed . that was my district but i was regular dayturn . hows things in aussie .
Replied: 30th Oct 2020 at 14:57
Hi Brian, things here are as "normal" as they can be under the circumstances, we've had restrictions lifted, put back and lifted again as the Coronavirus has gone up and down and back up again. At the moment everybody is going to work or school and most shops, pubs and clubs are open but with restricted numbers and social distancing. Some states still have border restrictions so internal travel is limited. International travel is very limited, most places if they let you in the country, you have to do a 2 week quarantine in a hotel at your own expense when you get there. Beginning to wonder if this is the 'new normal'. Coal mines over here are still busy, so we are getting plenty of overhaul work, there's even talk of new mines opening up. Reading in the news about a new underground coal mine opening in Cumbria - is this still going ahead ?
Replied: 2nd Nov 2020 at 02:21
upto now tim it,s still going ahead but with the obvious protests . tim is it true that the aussie government gave everyone 2 grand & told them to get in everything they might need because they were locking down the country for a month ? .
Replied: 2nd Nov 2020 at 11:40
Not exactly true. Some people, especially those who lost their jobs or had their income cut by the Covid, qualified for special hardship payments, also they introduced what they called Jobkeeper payments for were people were working reduced hours the Government paid the employer to make their money up. There have been reported problems of some employers pocketing the money and not passing it on. Also some people living in remote areas qualified for a payment to stock up on supplies because of the disruption to transport.
Replied: 3rd Nov 2020 at 06:26
same thing here tim , but the word was that there was going to be a total lockdown in aussie with nothing moving & shops closed & people having to stay indoors. they said that the government was giving this 2 grand for everone to stay on lockdown for a month ? .
Replied: 3rd Nov 2020 at 11:52
One state in Australia (Victoria) went into a total lockdown, because the Covid-19 was spreading uncontrollably, so it's possible that the state government gave out a special allowance to affected people. but it certainly wasn't an across the board thing.
Replied: 4th Nov 2020 at 04:58
ok tim , keep safe & keep in touch .
Replied: 4th Nov 2020 at 11:29
Same to you Brian, take care mate.
Replied: 5th Nov 2020 at 06:49
To Brian and all the ex-Golborne people on here, best wishes for Christmas and the New Year, and hope you are all safe and well. Take care of yourselves. Tim.
Replied: 24th Dec 2020 at 08:39
same to you tim & have a "gud un" .
Replied: 24th Dec 2020 at 15:03
Merry christmas to all ex miners where ever you are in the world and many more to come
Replied: 25th Dec 2020 at 15:31