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Primrose Hill Colliery, closure

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Primrose Hill Colliery, closure
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6th March 1970 Primrose Hill Colliery after closure, George Prince, the colliery manager C Shaw and training officer Jack Kielty had a drink with the miners who had worked their last shift. The previous week the pit had broken the record for production. Its closure was marked with barrels of free beer for the miners.

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Name:
J.Cotton

Comment:
The pit head-gear in the background is not primrose hill but Mount Pleasant which was situated on Wakefield rd. This was where the miners went down. Primpose Hill on Astley Lane was where the coal was brouht out and processed.

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Name:
Bill Sharp

Comment:
I beg to differ with the previous comment in one way.! He is correct that the pit-head gear shown is that of Mt.Pleasant Colliery.This was the up-cast shaft,(ventilation shaft), for ALL the Primrose Hill Collieries. These were Allerton Bywater; Flatley Beck (Swillington);Mt.Pleasant and Waterloo Colliery at Temple Newsam.I worked at Mt.Pleasant direct from leaving school, at 15yrs. Firstly 'tramming', and then as a pony driver.

Date:
09-Mar-2015

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william.sharp.3@mypostoffice.co.uk

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Name:
Catherine Loftus ( Ratcliffe)

Comment:
My late Dad Tom Ratcliffe worked as a Miner in Waterloo Coal Mine ( temple newsam for over 20yrs until it's closure then moved to Micklefield Pit. When Micklefield also faced closure a number of yrs later he decided to take early retirement, he had a gardening job organised, something totally different from working underground, sadly, like a lot of Miners, Dads health had suffered, and he did'nt make it to 65yrs passing away in in Feb 1986. I remember visiting Waterloo with my Late Mum and Brother on Thur pay day no doubt, Dad giving Mum his wage packet for safe keeping. I still have Dads bodybelt he used while working underground. I've often wondered if he got ribbed by his Mates, I can hear them now (eh up Tom what you doing giving wife your wages?)all I can say is Dad was a real family Man and family came first, with my Dad. I asked Dad why he worked in the Mines, he said in the 50s a secure job was hard to come by and the added bonus was the regular coal delivery, one of the perks for the Miners. And with a young family keeping us warm, was one less thing to worry about, I can honestly say growing up, my memories are of living in a lovely cosy, warm house. Maybe viewers using the Leodis Web Site may remember my Lovely Dad, Tom Ratcliffe, sometimes called Tommy we lived near the Seacroft Ring Rd. After Waterloo Mine closed my Husband Patrick worked for Parkinson Opencaste Mining / Fairclough/ Parkinsons site for 30yrs. I have often wondered, why there dos'nt seem to be any recognition or small monument-acknowledgement in the Temple Newsam Park area, to the workers who toiled underground and above, helping to keep Leeds warm, and giving powered to Skelton Grange Powerstation. Going through villages and areas in Yorkshire I have noted thoses who have a history with the Mining Industry out of respect have a token Model - Sculpture on display, if there is a mention of Mining could they point me in the right direction, I'd love to see it when I next visit Temple Newsam.

Date:
16-Aug-2015

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kateloftus@yahoo.com

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