You can’t go wrong in mining

I’ve been working on the chapter of The Valley in which my cousin Gary is taken from school in Thurnscoe, South Yorkshire, to look around the pit with a view to signing on.  He and the boys in his year – they all went – were 15, and about to leave school. To demonstrate their generosity and potential, the National Coal Board gave them all a free pork pie and pint of milk each.

The year was 1971, and the NCB was running a recruitment drive because kids in pit villages were being put off mining by low wages.  I just found, via the amazing Carter Collectables, a 1971 issue of Goal magazine containing an advert that some of the kids on the bus might have been reading.


£10 a week!

The question is though, what did the blonde girl have against delivery boys?