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1. More pictures taken by Derek Horton after the pit had been closed and before demolition was completed. See page 2 for other photographs taken by Derek. [1].
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2. Walton Colliery after closure. [1]
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3. Walton Colliery after closure. [1]
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4. Walton Colliery photographed by Derek Horton. [1]
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5. When coal was king, the colliery in the early decades of the 20th century.
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6. Walton Colliery photographed in 1980. [2]
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7. Walton Colliery photographed in 1980. [2]

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Underground Dentistry
A correspondent writes:
"Back in the 1970's a miner named Alan Perkins made local and national news as an underground dentist.  This man was my dad and the clippings I had of this news report have now been lost.  Others involved were Stan Pagget (the victim) and Terry Lloyd (nurse assistant), if you could find these newspaper clippings I feel that this would be a great contribution to Walton colliery history."

This won't hurt a bit.... I agree. Some time ago, I spoke to a few old mining types - John Brown, Graham Oldroyd and Tommy Turtle (then landlord of the New Inn, Walton) and they all knew of the story and knew the people concerned.

It seems that the 'patient' had been complaining about his toothache so much that his colleagues decided to alleviate the pain - his and their own.

The piece of dental equipment used was a pair of pliers.

However, I have not so far been able to pinpoint the exact date - 1974 and 1976 have been mentioned, nor have I been able to find any newspaper clippings so far - although a publication Coal News was mentioned.

It is an interesting tale of what seems to have been a somewhat ad hoc bit of dentistry with pliers.

If you happen to have any information about the newspaper coverage or can help pinpoint the date, please let me know, click here.

(None of the dentistry pictures feature the actual participants.)

In the showers at Walton Colliery.In the showers at Walton Colliery,
believed to be in the 1970s.
[Photograph formerly in the New Inn, Walton.]

Birth of the N.C.B.1947 - The N.C.B. Unfurls Its Flag Over Britain's Mines.
The National Coal Board celebrating the taking over by the State of all British coal mines, formerly belonging to 800 separate companies, had its white-initialled blue flag flown on Jan. 1, 1947: as at Williamthorpe Colliery, Derbyshire (1). At Garngoch Colliery, near Swansea, miners held a meeting on New Year's Day morning beneath the notice announcing the change of ownership (2). Uniform of the Board's messengers is dark blue, with patch pockets, white metal buttons and "NCB" on the lapels (3). At the informal vesting ceremony in London, Mr. Shinwell, Minister of Fuel and Power, address his colleagues. Mr. Atwell is seated on Mr. Shinwell's left; othe Cabienet ministers are seen.
[Source: The War Illustrated, 31st January 1947.]

Mechanical Working of Britain's Coal Fields.1947
Mechanical Working of Britain's Coal Fields - To Meet the Urgent Needs of Vital Industry

On January 1st, 1947, our 1,500 British coal mines, acquired by the State, were vested in the National Coal Board. Immediate aim is to increase output and improve working conditions by bringing backwad mines into line with such as Whitehill Colliery in Scotland, whose methods are here seen in operation. Unlocking his canister, the shot-firer (1) will extract an explosive "shot" to be placed in a machine-bored hole (2), and 30 tons of coal will be brought down.
An electrically operated cutter (3) penetrates to a depth of about six feet, saving considerable pick work. Loaded into a rubber-tyred shuttle-car (4) powered by electric batteries and driven by a Bevin boy, the coal is transferred to a conveyor belt (5) which moves it to trucks on the main pit road. At the mid-shift break (6) the miners, thanks to the mechanical aids, are still comparatively clean - and in good heart to renew efforts to speed the flow of "black diamonds".
[Source: The War Illustrated, 31st January 1947.]


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