Pitmen’s secret and Northumbrian clubs.

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Pitmen’s secret and Northumbrian clubs.

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Different times.


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Post by Le Démerdeur »

Thanks for that, it brought back memories of my father born in the area, miner, footballer & solo cornet player in the Salvation Army band.

He had walked South & made a new life in Croydon when the film was shot, they played his band music (Croydon Citadel) at his funeral.

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Post by Gigi »

Fascinating to watch, thank you AtS2. My family lived in Sunderland, great Newcastle rivals, but so much applied to the pit workers from the Durham coalfields too.

I was pleased that pigeon racing was mentioned, something my father used to do. His pigeons carried messages in the war, when he was a member of the Home Guard.

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Post by TriciaF »

Thanks from me too, ATS.
Coalmining was a hard life, and dangerous, but good community spirit. Some of my friends lost family members 'doon the pit'.
Miners were heavy drinkers too - beer. to replace all the fluid lost through sweating when working. There were 20+ pubs in the small mining town where I lived - got a bit rowdy sometimes.

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