Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Eckersley, James, 1932 - , Interviewee, Male, Coal miner, deputy; Apprentice template maker;
Speaker: Roberts, T., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls moving to Coalville for work after the pits closed in Lancashire, comments on the differences in mining practice he experienced at Whitwick pit. Talks about the other miners from Scotland and North East England who were also living on the Thringstone Estate and the difficulties in communication due to the different accents. Describes the traditions brought by the Scots to the area and the absence of antagonism between the newcomers, apart from Celtic and Rangers supporters. Describes the leisure pursuits, particularly the Bull's Head public house and the Miners' club and his singing ambitions. Recalls family holiday to Great Yarmouth. Comments further on the dialect and accent differences. Talks about early retirement and his feelings about Coalville.
Place of birth: Leigh, Lancashire
Education: Elementary school; Grammar school.
Marital Status: Married, Children: Sons: 1 Daughters: 3
Father's Occupation: Miner
Mother's Occupation: Cotton Mill worker
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Coalville
Periods Covered: 1960s, 1970s,1980s
Recording Date: 15/10/1991
Playing time: 42 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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