The Talk of the North East Coalfield
Paperback 280pp Illustrated 210x210mm
9781904794257   Product Code: 17124
The closure of the North East's last major mine in 2005 marked the end of an important aspect of the region's culture. To preserve the mines' unique language, stories and humour, Bill Griffiths compiled Pitmatic, drawing on earlier collections of dialect terms as well as material from his own interviews with former miners. Organized under such headings as 'Signalling', 'Sizes of Coal', 'Disputes' and 'Automation', the book offers insights into the work and traditions of mining communities.