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Colin Dutton - Hucknall Colliery Comrades - K11's Singing Ripper
Wayne Clifton - Looking For Pictures Of Hucknalls Emergency Winder
Barrie Lewis - Hucknall Mining Memorial

Colin Dutton
22 May 2017
Hucknall Colliery Comrades - K11's Singing Ripper

ChoirI've been a member of The Pye Hill male voice choir, since the early 70's. Many of the choristers were miners, working at the many collieries in the district (sadly all but gone). At that time, l work at the Hucknall Colliery, after finishing my basic training at Moorgreen ('under the eye' of the overman, Jack Street).

I completed my CPS face training at Hucknall Colliery, on the K11's district; working with the 'Rippers' on the MG. l remember all their faces and the comrade' that existed between us all. Astonishingly, in all the ten years working there, before the pit was closed, l never did know their real names. We all had 'nick names'. The rippers leading hand, l only knew as "Rock On" because of his handsome resemblance to 'Elvis'. His mate, we called 'Plug' because of his habit of 'chewing baca' (as a smoker, habit l never took too, although l did like the odd pinch of snuff, especially the white sort...."puff snuff' as it was known, because of its scented aroma).

Anyway, the point of this email is, as a chorister, l made up songs of the Rippers on K11's MG. and have been able to record them onto a CD. If any of them are still 'out there' and would like a copy, l would be pleased to send them a copy. All they need to do is send me their email address. and have a chat too, if they wish. It would be great to know what they're 'doing these days'. Anyone else out there, who's interested, can email me, Click the email image or type it into your email client.


Yours, Colin Dutton (K11's singing ripper)

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Wayne Clifton
15 Mar 2015
Looking For Pictures Of Hucknalls Emergency Winder

Hi Fionn,

I grew up on Shortwood Avenue very near to Hucknalls No1 colliery and as a child I played on the field near to the pit.

During the school holidays I can remember the mines rescue teams coming and bringing the large emergency winder from out of its garage just outside the pit yard.

My father was the last president of the NACOD's union at Hucknalls No2 pit and trained at No1. I am trying to put together some pictures for him and wondered if you had any of the old winder in and around its garage at No1 pit.

Many thanks in anticipation,

Wayne Clifton

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In MemoryBarrie Lewis
6 November 2012
Hucknall Mining Memorial

Hello there Fionn

My name is Barrie Lewis I am an ex miner of Linby Colliery, may I first congratulate you on your website. I am currently involved in trying to raise funds for a mining memorial in honour of, not just my own father, but countless others who died in our local pits.  My father, Lawrence Lewis, is the last one listed in Hucknall  No1s list so well put together by Alan Beale  your website will prove invaluable to us and my efforts to obtain names has been a monumental task and the information collected by Alan is immense and just about the best that there is.

Well done to all involved

 Kind Regards Barrie Lewis

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