Tales of the Unexpected - Page 1
1960's - At Bentinck Colliery a pony was hurt down the pit and was brought out to the surface for treatment and convalescence. The Ganger who was in charge of the pony was teased greatly, by the other Gangers, who told him that the pony was going to be put down at the knackers yard and made into glue!
He was most upset and believed them and so he took the pony home with him in order to protect it, of course, fortunately, it was only a gag.
1981 - Again at Bentinck Colliery a miner who's nick name was ‘Fluke’ took a lurcher pup down the pit, on the night shift, unknown to all, to 76's Black Shale Panel. It was only part way through the shift when the other members of the packing team noticed that there was a strange noise and then found out that it was the puppy barking. It transpired that ‘Fluke’ was quite happily throwing small stones in the Loader Gate Pack Hole for the dog to retrieve. Everyone was flabbergasted and wondered how on earth he had managed to smuggle the dog into the pit in the first place. - Could this have been classified as ‘Contraband’?