I was one of the last coal miners to work at Leadgate Coal Company when it closed in 1991.
I also have a couple of photos of the last miner’s to work there. Would they be of any interest for your website
Regards Michael Murphy
Photos of the last miners to work at the Eden Pit That’s me in the blue t shirt, Ian Hamilton on his knees with the shovel, forgot the name’s of the others but if there members of this website I am sure they will let me know.
My uncle John Murphy (deputy) and his Father and my grandfather Patrick Murphy also worked there along with my great uncle Lawrence Steel.
The other photo is the steam winder decommissioned when NCB Closed the colliery.
Hope you can use them
Also we were in separate working and everything was hand balled, you had to get 12 one ton tubs out to cover your days wages and every tub after that was £5 bonus, averaging 15 – 17 tubs per day, it was hard work but i was fit as a flea