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Dial M for Minnis : Alan’s Bearpark Headgear Quest
In the 1980s, upon the closure of Bearpark Colliery in West Durham, the Labour Councillor Alan Crooks attempted to have the pit headgear kept in situ as a reminder of the village’s roots, and as a tribute to those who had worked and even died there in the quest for coal.
A decent quest. In the end the headgear ended up as a monument outside the community centre there. The first half of the show is taken from a recorded radio interview with him at the time.
The second part of the show is an interview from 1990 or thereabouts. Taken from the same cassette found next to all the Bond films taped from the TV with the times and dates and whether they were ‘SP’ or ‘LP’ in his neat electrician’s handwriting. Alan Crooks was my Grandad.
The musical backing is composed by Ian Hatton and produced by Christopher Minnis.
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