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Richard May - My Grandad, Maurice Boocock Was An Underground Diesel Fitter At Clipstone
Tony Holmes
- Clipstone Colliery, did the locos come out when the pit closed?




From:    Richard May
Sent:
    23 June 2011
Subject:
My Grandad, Maurice Boocock Was An Underground Diesel Fitter At Clipstone

Hello Fionn,
Saw the entry on your site sent from Tony Holmes in 2010 - see below.

My Grandad, Maurice Boocock was an underground diesel fitter at Clipstone from around 1945 to 1973.
I imagine he must have worked with Tony in the '60's.

I don't know much about his time there, except he usually worked 7 days a week, getting up in the middle of the night and back home early afternoon. He always enjoyed working on mechanical things though - cars and bikes too in his limited time off. He is remembered by my friends for his willingness to hold a spark plug cap against a cylinder barrel while we kicked it over to check the spark - the rest of us just wedged them in place.

Strangely, he played in the Clipstone Brass Band - but only in the 1930's before he went to work there - he was at Westfield Transport at the time.

Sorry I don't have more information - but I would be interested to know about the locos too.

Regards
Richard May



  From:    Tony Holmes
Sent:
    13 March 2010
Subject:
Clipstone Colliery, did the locos come out when the pit closed?

Dear Fionn,
I was born and educated in Clipstone 83yrs ago, but I only worked in the mine there for 3yrs in the early
'60's as an Underground Diesel Loco Engineer  I am curious to know if those locos ever came out when
the pit closed, or were they left in along with other equipment?

With regard to the Headstocks, at the time they were erected, they were the highest in Europe and
probably still are, of a design called 'Indirect Koepe' Winding (pronounced COPEE, it is a German name) .

During my time there, the Chief Engineer, Jack Booker promised to 'escort' me to the top of
one, one Sunday morning to take some photos.  Unfortunately, we never seemed to get it together. 
My Father was the Coal Washery foreman for many years, and from the top of his buildings, on a clear
day he could see Lincoln Cathedral.  The view from the top of the headstocks must be magnificent, and
well worth seeing. One could probably see Boston Stump!!!!

It could become a paying tourist attraction if a viewing platform could be built on one of them, as I would
hate to see them demolished, especially inview of what they have come to represent and should be
preserved as a fitting memorial to the history of Clipstone and it's Miners, and Clipstone could have it's own 'London Eye'.

Yours Sincerely.
Tony  Holmes. 

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