DAVY MINER'S LAMP

Contributed by bobbiep

THIS LAMP, GIVEN ME BY MY GRANDFATHER, IS A SYMBOL OF BRITISH INVENTIVENESS, AND OF COAL,THE BEDROCK OF THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, WHICH MADE US ONCE SUCH A GREAT AND POWERFUL INDUSTRIAL NATION.
IT IS A SYMBOL OF THE HARD LIFE,ENDURANCE AND DANGERS FACED BY COLLIERS, SO APPROPRIATE TODAY WITH THE NEWS FORM CHILE.
AT A PERSONAL LEVEL, IT IS A REMINDER OF MY ROOTS IN THE DERBYSHIRE COALMINING AREA, ONCE SCATTERED WITH PIT HEADS AND SLAG HEAPS, ONCE PEOPLED BY COAL-DUST COVERED MEN WITH WHITE-RINGED EYES WALKING WEARILY HOME FROM THE PITS-ALL NOW GONE; BUT ALSO GONE ARE THE CLOSE COMMUNITIES, THE BRASS BANDS AND THE FLOWERSHOWS.
BUT ABOVE ALL, I CHERISH IT AS A MEMORIAL TO MY WONDERFUL, INTELLIGENT GRANDFATHER WHO WAS A COLLIER FOR 50 YEARS. I THINK OF HIM CARRYING THIS LAMP IN THE DARK UNDERWORLD OF THE MINES. IT IS A CONSTANT REMINDER OF OUR FAMILY ORIGINS AND THE SACRIFICES MADE TO GIVE US A MORE COMFORTABLE LIFE.
NOW SUCH LAMPS CAN BE BOUGHT AS CURIOS ON E-BAY BUT MINE IS STEEPED IN MEMORIES OF A PAST GENERATION.

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