My name is Gordon Fairlie and I am the son of the late Wally Fairlie as he was known around the Ilkeston Mines Rescue Station.
I have just been looking through the web site and reading comments from people I remember and know well.
My dad passed away when I was only 16 years old, but my mother still lived in the family home in Manners Road which was originally a coal board house just up from the station.
My mother Margaret sadly passed away in May 2016 but the family home still goes on as my wife carol and myself have now brought the house.
Back in the family home is brill, just wish the station was still up and running as I remember growing up around the park with all the station members and their families, we had some good times.
After looking through the photos on your site I noticed the Scammel which I remember well has myself in the photo with Noel Webster and Tom Carson.
Good to see the good old days.
22 Sep 2016
Just been having a look into back ground information from years ago with regards to my late mum and dad’s house on Manners Road, once belonging to the mines rescue.
People told me there was a room under the house so I had to see for myself.
I remember an old gallery from the old volley ball courts, so I had a dig around to find a concrete structure and brick work, with this I set about it with a hammer, to my surprise I have found a huge room, the old training shelter underground, built of great structure.
Would you have any information regarding this?
Also I have found the hose box from the original 1926 /1940's fire engine, the red box pictured on the one on your site.
Any information you may have I would be very grateful.
Charles Snarski knows I have found it, but he hasn’t seen it yet
Look forward to hearing from you.