Did You Know?
Frickley Colliery closed in 1993, but its brass band played on. Founded in the 1880s, the band toured Germany and Holland during its heyday in the 1950s and also recorded a session for the BBC Radio 2 programme Listen to the Band in 2007. Artist Tom McGuinness, whose work is featured in the programme, became a Bevin Boy in 1944 and remained a miner until he was made redundant in 1982.
He took up painting after attending an evening class at Darlington Art College and his work was included in two major exhibitions in London. Other paintings featured in this programme are by Norman Cornish, whose work celebrates working-class life in Spennymoor, County Durham. He was awarded the MBE in 2008.
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- Humphrey Burton
- Sid Chaplin
- Norman Cornish
- Les Jones
- Tom McGuinness
- Johnny Smith
- Geoffrey Baines
The story of mining, from the coal face to the strike.