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Remembering Hucknall and Linby miners

I’ve always been happy and comfortable with the working class roots of both sides of my family from Scotland and England respectively. Not at all in a show of inverted snobbery but a genuine affection for the types of hard and honest communities my mother and father rose from either side of the border. Both came from families of ten children, there are so many aunts, uncles and cousins that I have to admit there are some I’ve never yet met.

Hucknall’s iconic statue commemorating the mining industry

I saw a nice story today on BBC East Midlands TV news and it reminded me of that family feeling, a feeling of my roots.

The story below is a report on the commemoration of 150 brave miners who lost their lives in the three pits of my mammy’s home, Hucknall Torkard and Linby village in Nottinghamshire. Good and honest working class communities were built around this industry and the hard, resilient men who travelled down underground to put food in the mouths of their families. My own father, a miner at one time, himself survived a serious fall underground having his ear viciously ripped off and needing it sewn back on again. Some were less fortunate.

I have nothing but deep respect for the men who did and still do this job.

We will remember them.

Memorial for Hucknall and Linby miners unveiled

December 20, 2014 - Posted by | On The Road | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Thanks Stuart for your article about Nottingham and miners in generalI had no idea there was a statue commemorating miners You brought back memories of living in Calverton and when my then husband worked as an electrician at Gedling They deserved to be honored and respected for that job I remember the aberfan disaster but so many accidents were never heard about .Loved your article about best wood too thank you
    Regards rita petts

    Comment by alypet | December 21, 2014

  2. Hi Rita, thanks for your comments, glad you enjoyed that and the Bestwood article. The latter has generated an enormous amount of interest since it was written which just shows the fondness that local people have for the area.

    Yes, I’m really happy to see that the miners are suitably commemorated. Often forgotten and taken for granted, these were the men who kept the lights burning in this country for so many years. I’m very familiar with Calverton and had many school friends who came from there, often moving down with their families from Scotland and the north-east of England. Something you’ve be aware of. Still really like the place and I have a sister in the next door village of Woodborough.

    Take care

    Stuart

    Comment by Stuart | December 21, 2014


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