I'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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