Coal Mining in Britain | The story of mining from the coal face to the strike
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 20 December 1967
DURATION | 28 minutes 52 seconds
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?
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.'
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A personal perspective on life in a 1930s mining community.
Revisiting the story of miners from a documentary made in 1969.
Scenes from a Durham mining village that featured in a 1938 radio broadcast by Joan Littlewood.
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