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New Day, Documentary, 1959 IMDB

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jcb UK

2020-07-15 09:52

''Life in Glenrothes NEW Town as seen through the eyes of a miner and his family.''

Another Scottish New Town ,I hope not too many miners moved there as-

''Made to promote the NEW town and the benefits of moving there. The colliery nearby was one of the main employers for the town. It closed a few years later.''

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jcb UK

2020-07-16 08:40

Interesting story about Glenrothes ' a spectacular failure'-

Production began in 1957, but Rothes never achieved the intended tonnages because of problems with thinning coals, igneous intrusions and excessive ingress of water. Nevertheless, there was great, if misplaced, optimism for the project which was opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II on 30 June 1958. There was talk of the mine having a lifespan of 100 years and, in anticipation of its longevity, Glenrothes new town was built. The workforce at Rothes peaked at 1,235 in 1960 but the mine’s estimated cost of £1.65 million had reached £20 million and when it closed in May 1962 it became the most spectacular failure of the NCB era in Scotland.

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jcb UK

2020-07-16 08:44

Lots of interesting motorcycles at colliery but not good enough to id ?-

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johnfromstaffs EN

2020-07-16 11:51

JCB wrote Interesting story about Glenrothes ' a spectacular failure'-

There can never be any dishonour in trying to create decent employment, not that it would have been my ideal, coming from a mining area I knew too many pitmen to have any delusions about the pride gained from honest toil, but one does wonder if the politics outweighed the science. I find it hard to believe that the items that contributed to the failure, thinning seams apart, could not have been discovered by a few conversations with the locals, and test boreholes may have revealed the actual position with the geology.

Most of the miners I knew or with whose kids I grew up, would have been out of the pits like lightning, had suitably paid jobs been available above ground. As for the old boys whose employment dated from pre-NCB days, I cannot recall anyone with a good word to say for coal mining as a career. In respect of those who had been union or political activists, I never quite understood the drive for state ownership, it seemed to me that the short term gain of removing coal owners created a long term loss by making closures easier, but perhaps improving the pay and working conditions of those days over-rode long term thinking, and you couldn’t disrespect them for that goal.

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