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Memories of the Northumberland Coalfields : Local History - Neil Taylor

Memories of the Northumberland Coalfields

Local History

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After the Miners' strike in 1984, it was announced that Brenkley Colliery would close in December 1985. Ashington followed in October 1986 and Bates Colliery at Blyth. When Whittle Colliery closed in 1987, this left only Ellington Colliery, the biggest undersea deep-shaft mine in the world. A way of British life disappeared forever when the Big E closed in 2005. The mines may have gone but many of the men who earned their living deep underground still remain. The author, Neil Taylor, has met and talked to some of those ex-miners and their families about what it was like to be part of such a close-knit group. Courageous and resourceful, miners had a unique brand of humour and a deep sense of community born from risking life and limb. Comradeship was everything and this was tested to the limit during the strike of 1984-85. Today, little trace of the collieries remains and it has become difficult to visualise the impact they had on the landscape and people of Northumberland in their heyday. In this book, the miners describe their early experiences of working in the local pits and their day-to-day life, with the ever-present threat of injury, death or disaster. It is a tribute to their traditions and way of life.

Neil Taylor

Neil Taylor is an expert on brands, and how they use language. He's creative director of The Writer (www.thewriter.co.uk), and has been described as "the David Beckham of naming" (when that was still good). He's helped clients name everything from supermarkets to TV technology to toilet roll. He was previously a senior naming consultant at global brand consultancy Interbrand.

Most days, he spends his time training people to become better writers at work (when he's not writing the menus for Greek restaurant chains). He works with people like the BBC, Unilever, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sotheby's and 3.

He's also written Search Me: The surprising success of Google, co-edited From Here to Here: Stories inspired by London's Circle Line, and is a contributor to Common Ground: Around Britain in 30 writers and 26 Letters: Illuminating the alphabet, also published by Cyan. And he's on the board of business writers' group 26.

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ISBN: 9781846741005
ISBN-10: 1846741009
Series: Local History
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 1st December 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.8  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.16