Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Hunt, Eric, 1927 - , Interviewee, Male, Coal miner, underground; Colliery official; Driver.
Speaker: Noble, L., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls early life as a child in Bardon, including school in Bardon and his path to grammar school. School games and pastimes are described along with jobs he did as a boy. Memories of his father as a First-aider and colliery official are remembered along with observations of changes to the local area over the years. Recalls war service in the Royal Marines, during the Second World War, followed by employment as a driver. Started work as a miner in 1951 at Desford then Ellistown Collieries. Describes gaining qualification as a colliery official and becoming Branch Secretary as well as the clothing worn and detail of a working day in the mine. The effects of shift work on marriage are also mentioned. Talks about drift mining at Merrylees mine.
Place of birth: Hugglescote, Leicestershire
Education: Bardon school; Broom Leys Central school
Marital Status: Married, Children: none
Father's Occupation: Underground Colliery official
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Bardon
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s,
Recording Date: 8/4/1987
Playing time: 1 hr 34 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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