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COAL MINERS MINING in YORKSHIRE 1970s SOUTH KIRKBY COLLIERY

South Kirkby, Yorkshire, England circa 1979. <br />
Retired miner Charlie Hayward and his son at the front door, that looks straight through to the back garden. He spent 49 years at South Kirkby colliery. Charlie and his wife Lilian have never been to London, (they have only ever been on holiday to Bridlington - "There is nowt to go abroad for. There is no where better than this country.") let alone pottered around the Cotswolds, or peeked up a private drive in the Surrey Stockbroker Belt. Charlie was one of 16 children, he went down the pit when he was 14 years old and retired 49 years later when he was 63. He has emphysema a respiratory disease that many miners get, but it does not qualify them for any compensation.  On retirement he received £500-00 golden handshake and a certificate that is on their living room wall; for "Long and Meritorious Service ( to the industry and "the country".) Ref New Society magazine 20 Sept 1979.
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1970s retired coal miners and son South Kirkby colliery
South Kirkby, Yorkshire, England circa 1979.
Retired miner Charlie Hayward and his son at the front door, that looks straight through to the back garden. He spent 49 years at South Kirkby colliery. Charlie and his wife Lilian have never been to London, (they have only ever been on holiday to Bridlington - "There is nowt to go abroad for. There is no where better than this country.") let alone pottered around the Cotswolds, or peeked up a private drive in the Surrey...
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