Like so many other lads in North Staffordshire, George Shufflebotham followed his father down the pit, so he knew what to expect when he rolled up for his first day at Berry Hill Colliery. Between 1996 and 2003 he wrote a series of popular articles that were featured in the Sentinel newspaper in the series the way we were and all your yesterday's . This selection of those articles recall the experiences of working underground and reflect on the many human aspects of a working life down the pit.
The Choir Press
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Publication Date: 07 December 2018
Acknowledgments; Preface; 1 Mine of Information; Fear Never Far Away from the Pit of Your Stomach; 3 My Brush with Death in Coal Fire Explosion; 4 Haway the Lads . . . Geordies Teach Us Union Ways; 5 The Hillbillies who sorted out old coal faces; 6 Ahead of its time; 7 Wayn Do it mar wee ternayt! said Arthur . . .and we did; 8 Lads so proud to be in pit gear; 9 Riding a runaway underground train; 10 I could have gone down the pit at six; 11 Spike, Tummy and Herby . . . last of the funny kind; 12 Pit Life? I would do it all over again . . .; 13 Passage to Florence
George Shufflebotham spent thirty six years in the pit. He worked at five North Staffordshire Collieries, rising from a shot firer at Berry Hill Colliery to Senior Overman at Florence Colliery.