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I feared for my life

Peter Tolson had a risky job as the National Coal Board's photographer.

Picture of mine propped up by wood

Peter was employed to take pictures of tunnel structures and accident scenes in Nottinghamshire's mines.

The picture above, taken in 1974 at Annesley Colliery, shows a dilapidated tunnel seemingly held up with bits of wood.

Peter was asked to take a photograph of the tunnel for a report.

"I sat there with it creaking and groaning around me."

Peter Tolson

He was taken to the area and left alone in the dark.

"It frightened me to death! They left me there for about half an hour, I sat there with it creaking and groaning around me.

"They were very strict on anything that could cause a spark because of the methane underground, even the cameras we used were all mechanical.

"The flash unit was in a gas-tight steel container, it was rather heavy and bulky. There was no light whatsoever."

Thankfully for the miners the area was out of bounds; it was abandoned to let 'nature to take its course'.

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