Coal Mining in Britain | The story of mining from the coal face to the strike

Man Alive | Packing Up and Moving Out

Two mining families make the decision to move from Northumberland to Nottingham.

CHANNEL | BBC 2

FIRST BROADCAST | 20 December 1967

DURATION | 28 minutes 52 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1967

Synopsis

Bevercotes Colliery in Nottingham is one of the most modern in Europe, and the National Coal Board wants to recruit its workforce from pits that are due for closure in the North East. One of the communities affected is Ashington, a traditionally close-knit mining village with its roots in the 19th Century that is home to generations of mining families. How will life compare for those uprooted to the brash new housing estates of the Nottinghamshire coalfields?

Did you know?

One of the deepest mines in Britain, Bevercotes Colliery opened just a few years before this programme was filmed and remained a working mine for three decades until its closure in 1993. It is now the site of a nature reserve managed by the Forestry Commission. Many miners from the North East made the same choice as Alan Norman, inspiring pit poet Jock Purdon's 'Farewell to 'Cotia': 'But leave your picks behind you / You'll not need them again / Off you go to Nottingham / To join Robin's Merry Men.'

Contributors

John Kirkup
Contributor
Alan Norman
Contributor
Shirley Norman
Contributor
Julian Jacottet
Producer
Series Editor
Series Editor

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