When trainees prepared for life in a local coliery

Before the closure of the collieries, many lads would have spent their lives working as miners down the pit.

Tuesday, 27th March 2018, 9:03 am
Updated Tuesday, 27th March 2018, 1:45 pm
NCB trainees. Do you know any of them?

Here in the North East, like elsewhere in England, Scotland and Wales, sons followed their dads and grandads underground, to be employed in an industry that, at one time, seemed as if it would go on forever, yet disappeared in such dramatic fashion.

Today, former National Coal Board worker Norman Dunn takes us back to a time when large numbers of the region’s young men would have seen their future down or attached to the many pits which stretched up and down the coast.

Lads at the NCB training centre in Washington.

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This is what Norman wrote: “I wonder if your readers might like to see these photos of NCB trainees; there will be Shields lads on them.

“They were photographed at the training centre at Dame Margaret’s Hall, in Washington.

“I myself served my engineering apprenticeship with the NCB, but can’t remember photos of my class being taken.

“I’ve had the photos on my message board asking if anyone recognises any of the lads and had a couple of replies. You can view the message board HERE.
“Once the lads were trained to work underground they went back to their pits eg Harton, Westoe, Boldon, Wardley, Usworth, Washington.”

Trainees at Dame Margaret's Hall. Do you recognise anyone?

Do you recognise any of the trainees?

What are your memories of working in the coal industry over the years?

NCB trainees pictured in 1964. Is anyone familiar?
Lads at the NCB training centre in Washington.
Trainees at Dame Margaret's Hall. Do you recognise anyone?
NCB trainees pictured in 1964. Is anyone familiar?