Happy memories from down the mine

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When I read the piece about mining in Friday’s Wigan Evening Post, it reminded me of an instance when I worked at Park Collieries, known locally as “Stones”.

We had a telephone system similar to the one shown and when the handle was turned, the bell rang at the other end of the line, but as well as at the end, there were telephone boxes at the various transfer points on the conveyor system, interconnected, and here the bell would ring also.

One day, the undermanager wanted to know if the face had started to send coal so he rang the phone.

One of the transfer point operators was listening in, but instead of covering the mouthpiece, he just held the earpiece, consequently, the noise of the coal coming over the transfer point could be heard.

The undermanager shouted down the phone: “Put t’phone deawn Bob.” To which Bob replied, “ Ah’m not lissenin.” The pit bottom office was in an uproar!

Fred Foster,

Bold street,


In Frank’s own words, a cracker

I bet I’m not the only one to be truly saddened by the death of Irish comedian Frank Carson, who chose this county as his home during a glittering career.

He had that elusive quality of being able to make you laugh, like Tommy Cooper, without doing very much at all. Of course, it takes a rare genius to do that.

Different styles of comedy come along but none of them can hold a candle to the old fashioned comic just standing their and telling straightforward, quickfire jokes.

Frank Carson was a class act, and a warm and generous man to boot.

R Whittle, via e-mail

Book-Cycle day a huge success

The Book-Cycle, Beech Hill, opening day received a fantastic response.

And I would like to thank all those who helped make it happen and offer an open invite to anyone who wishes to get involved.

The Mayor gave a lovely speech in support of Book-Cycle and the new facility, as did Coun Chris Ready and Coun Phyllis Cullen, who has been tireless in her support.

To volunteer people can email; beechhill@book-cycle.org Join the Facebook page; www.facebook.com/bookcycle.beechhill or ring the facility on 01942 747750 between 11.30am – 6.30pm the opening times – seven days a week (5.30pm on Sundays).

Anthony Melling,

via email

Time for the world to act on Syria

From what I have read of the courageous Marie Colvin, if her death now leads to the world’s leaders conspiring to get rid of Syria’s despotic regime, she would consider her tragic death not to have been in vain.

I don’t understand why some cruel dictators have to be deposed, while others are allowed free rein to slaughter innocent people in order to cling on to power.

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