How sad for the miners today, their last day in the deep mine colliery, a hard job but with a sense unity and purpose!
As one of them said, “It the end of our traditional way of life.” Apparently, too, the established practice or free coal for life ceases if they work elsewhere from more than 25 hrs! For another man the possibility of alternative employment as a lorry driver may be possible but potentially lonely.
Anyone who has been lucky enough to have enjoyed any kind of cameraderie will know how he feels!
So “God bless” to the lot of them as my old granny used to say.
Paintings by Tom McGuinness, a miner and painter I met a few times. He gave up mining but once told me he had to go back at one point in order to continue to paint with the same passion.