Hi there Fionn just found this photo of the staff from Ilkeston Rescue Station at a Medals Awards evening at the Ilkeston Co-op, I believe it was around 1973.
Bye Charles Snarski
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This photograph was taken about 43 years ago, as of July 2016:-
Edna Meakin to Bob Birkin - Deceased
Harry Meakin - Mechanic and Emergency Winder Driver
Margaret Farlie and Wally - Deceased, Wally was second officer
Margaret Straw - Deceased
Mick Donnelly died but Margaret is OK
John Mappletof and wife deceased
Have Our Gratitude'
NCB official tells rescue workers
OF LONG SERVICE AWARDSIlkeston,
Derbyshire - April 1954
work commands the respect and the gratitude of all of us in this industry, from
the Divisional Board to the newest recruit," said Mr. R. V. Edwards, Finance Director
to the East Midlands Division of the National Coal Board, addressing a gathering
of volunteers connected with Ilkeston Mines Rescue Station, at the Miners' Welfare
on Friday night'. Long-service medallions and certificates were presented to 28
rescue workers by Mr. Edwards.
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Edwards recalled that Ilkeston Rescue Station was the first he visited, in
pre-nationalization days, when he was secretary to the North Midlands Colliery
Owners Rescue Station Co. "It was here that I first learned of the type of work
which was performed by the Rescue corps and about the training they give to the
brigades at the collieries," he went On. "That was some 10 years ago, and ever
since I have always been - very interested indeed in the work that is carried
out by rescue stations in this division."
Relied On By All
said that from everyone's point of view, the less the rescue workers were
in action the better but it was a source of great satisfaction to know that they
were there if required.
are there voluntarily, with a spirit of firmness of purpose on which we know we
can rely, on which each workman in the industry knows he can rely, and on - which
the wives and families of all of us know they can rely," Mr. Edwards added. "I
hope you will take my presence here tonight as a token of the Interest that the
Divisional Board take in the work that you are doing and in the Preparedness which
we know you will always display. "I hope you will also take it as a token a our
deep and sincere gratitude for everything you do for this great Industry for which
we are responsible to the whole nation."
Mr. Edwards said he hoped the work of the rescue corps would continue to be appreciated
without having to receive recognition or publicity from being in action. "The
work is there whether you are called upon or not," he concluded. "That is what
we want and that is what were recognise, that is what we are so proud of and so
grateful for." Mr. W. Unsworth, No. 5 Area general manager, was in the chair.
were presented to members who have completed exactly five, ten or fifteen years. In addition, of course, there were many rescue workers present whose service falls
between these periods-and some whose service exceeds it.
15 years: L.
Calladine (Permanent Corps).
10 years: J.
W. T. Harrison, S. Hassall (Stanley), C. Daykin (Hucknall), H. Hartshorn, J.A.
Martin (Mapperley), W. Thorpe and W. Mann (Coppice).
years: K. Abbott (Pye Hill), R. Ford (Denby Hall
'B'), L. Buckby (Selston), G.W. Baker, L.C. Rudd (Woodside), W. Tye (Cinderhill)
W. McGee, J. Nicholas (Glifton), W. Taylor (Linby), W. Whalin, J. Deaton, J. W.
Smith (Wollaton), A. W. Cullen (Cossall) H. Stone (Denby Hall), J. Weatherbed
(Radford) and A. Crooks (Woodside).
In addition, long-service certificates
were presented to four members who have reached retirement age-John S. Chambers,
Selston (18 year),' Sidney C. Shelbourne, Coppice; Harold J. Turton, Gedling;
and Waiter Ford, Denby (all 14 years).
presentations were made at the corps' fourth annual dinner. An entertainment
by the Revellers Concert Party, of Belper, followed. Guests included Dr. J Trefor
Watkins (Divisional Medical Officer) Mr. W.A. Wood (Divisional Safety Engineer),
Dr. T. A. Hunt (No. 5 Area Medical Officer), Mr. P. C. Parry (No. 1 Sub-Area Manager,
Mr. G. Jenkins (H.M. Senior Inspector of Mines, Nottingham), Coun. H. E. Parkin
(President, Derbyshire Area N.U.M.), Mr. E. J. Ley (President, Nottinghamshire
(President, Ilkeston Miners Welfare), Ald. J. Henshaw (Secretary, Ilkeston M.W.)
and Mr. A. J. G. Coulshed (Divisional Rescue Stations Manager).