Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Gill, Phillip, 1933 - , Interviewee, Male, Coal miner, face worker, rescue team.
Speaker: Robert, Tracey., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls working life as a miner at Bagworth pit from 1950. Describes starting work on the pit bank before becoming a pony driver, gives details of both these jobs. Talks about being part of a St John's Ambulance team and the practice on a Saturday for competitions. Describes in detail training for face work and the conditions at the pit face. Talks about study for Deputy's certificate at Coalville Technical College and describes the responsibility of a Deputy, in particular being part of the rescue service. Details attending an accident at Bagworth mine and fires at Cadely Hill and Desford mines. Explains how to fight fires in a mine. Talks about payment for rescue service work, Nationalisation and union activity. Talks about the pit's football and cricket teams and the local competitions played. Mentions the Retired Miners' Leisure Club.
Place of birth: Ellistown, Leicestershire
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Miner
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Ellistown
Periods Covered: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Recording Date: 8/5/1991
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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