Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Tomlinson, John, 1958 - , Interviewee, Male, Apprentice footballer; Coal miner; Self-employed; various other jobs
Speaker: Peace, S., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls starting work as a miner at Whitwick colliery aged twenty, having been an apprentice footballer at Leicester City Football Club. Describes getting work through family connections, starting work on the low rate jobs before moving on to work in maintenance. Recalls working at Bagworth pit and reasons for leaving, describes an injury and his redundancy pay. Describes work and life away from mining. Talks about the social life attached to pits and the community spirit. Recalls the effects of pit closures, the change to life styles and effects of reduced earnings, also the changes in employment in Coalville. Talks about his trophy business, how it was helped by the Springboard incentive and how successful the business has become, particularly through his football contacts. Recalls his football apprenticeship. Talks more about the Springboard units and life in Coalville.
Place of birth: Coalville, Leicestershire
Education: Belvoir Road school, Newbridge; Coalville Grammar school.
Marital Status: Married, Children: son: 1 daughter: 1
Father's Occupation: Miner
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Coalville
Periods Covered: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Recording Date: 13/6/1990
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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