rescue workers attached to Ilkeston Mines Rescue Station from collieries in No.
5 and 6 Area of the East Midlands Division of the N.C.B. heard cheering news on
Friday night from Mr. N. Fricker, O.B.E., Divisional Marketing Director. "Things
are brighter-much brighter," he told them.
demand for coal in the country is on the up and up. Great power stations are going
up by the Trent and are going to utilise East Midlands coal, and the first of
them will probably take five million tons of coal in one year." Mr. Fricker presented
awards to rescue workers, some of whom had done over 15 years in the rescue service,
at a dinner at Langley Mill.
also referred to coal stocks and commented that nine million tons had been stocked
in the East Midlands.
must wonder why. "Briefly, I may tell you" he said. "We have had an unprecedented
falling away in demand, with over- production mainly of small coal. Inland consumption
in this country in the last four years has dropped by some thirty million tons.
Exports have dropped about four million tons also."
has been caused by industrial recession and by increased competition from oil,
particularly in power stations, which were now burning oil equivalent to eight
million tons of coal a year. Railways had also transferred more to diesels, there
had been improved utilisation in the burning of coal itself, and on top of all
this there had been a wonderful summer.
had, however, maintained a policy of full employment and the pits had worked full-time.
Stocks were necessary, but not the extent to which they were having to be carried
in the East Midlands Division.
the necessity for them had been shown during the recent cold spell and already
this year three quarters of a million tons had been picked up from stock in the
said the East Midlands Division provided 23 per cent of the national exports of
coal and things were also improving in this direction.
were, however, meeting Polish competition in Denmark and in Germany, and doing
so successfully and were shipping coal there from the East Midlands Division.
Concluding, Mr, Fricker
said that during- the last decade there, had been many changes and there would
be a lot more in the next ten years but the Board faced the future confidently.
Whatever other changes
there were, however, the loyalty of the rescue men to the Board and to their comrades
Earlier, Mr. Fricker had paid warm
tribute to the work of the rescue men. The East Midlands Board produced 44 million
tons a year - 23 per cent of the output! for the whole country-and this was coupled
with maximum safety.
rescue service was equal to any underground emergency and he congratulated the
men upon successful sealing-up operations at Mapperley, Woodside, Bilsthorpe and
Ollerton, which necessitated 14 fire seals being made, giving some indication
of the mammoth work involved.
T. Wright, No. 5 Area general manager, who presided, said the standard of production
in the East Midlands Division was the highest in the country and he was certain
that the standard of rescue work was just as high, both with the permanent corps
and at pit level.
During the past few years he had had to call upon the rescue service and it was a consolation to know that there were available some of the finest rescue workers in the world.
Mr. Fricker and Mr. R. V. Edwards, Divisional Finance Director, presented the awards.
Guests also included Mr. W. Whitehouse, Senior District Inspector of Mines, and Mr. W. Baker, a permanent official of the Notts. Area N.U.M.
Langley Shaft, false bottom being removed
prior to filling.
Emergency winder operators
Philip Healey and John Dixon.
Men in Kibble unknown
Changes Of Venue
dinner was the first for three years - annual ones having been dropped on the
grounds of economy - and was switched from Ilkeston Miners' Welfare to Langley
Mill Miners' Welfare at very short notice.
in a less spacious hall, it was an overflow gathering and mainly rescue workers
dined in an annex and then joined their colleagues in the main hall for the speeches
Wright apologised for the late change of venue, due, he said, to difficulties
in regard to making arrangements for catering at Ilkeston Miners' Welfare.
Over sixty awards
(Coppice), J. Martin (Mapperley), J. W. Harrison and S. Hassall (Stanley) received
medallions for 15 years and over, having completed their 15 years in l958.
Taylor (Mapperley) and E. Cocking (Ilkeston Permanent Corps) also received l5-year
medallions, completing this period last year.
with long-service certificates were the following from local collieries:-
Thorpe and Harold Knight (Coppice), Arthur Salt, Joseph A, Martin, Samuel Thorpe
and Ernest Taylor (Mapperley).
medallions for period completed in 1957 went to local miners A. Ince (Wood- Side),
W. Hart (Coppice), A. Duffield (Cossall), H. Meakin (Permanent Corps) and R. Hill
(New Langley); in 1958 to A. Cullen (Cossall); L. C. Rudd (Stanley) and H. Knight
(Coppice); in 1959 to D. Watson (Cossall), S. Thorpe and G. Bevan (Mapperley).
(Permanent-Corps) received a five-year medallion for service, for period completed last year.