I am looking for a photo of a pity pony taken by a Donald Ottey. I can not recall the year but I believe that it is quite a well known picture. I have a little more info, but not at hand, if you need it.
I understand that the photo may be under copy right, I did have a lead on it but that went dead.
The reason that I am looking for it is because it was taken by a relative, cousin to my late mother, and I would like a copy to hang with other pictures I have from that era.
I believe that Ottey was a photographer for the National Coal board. My father worked for the National Coal Board back in the late 50' early 60's as a fuel technologist. He then was seconded to the then Natal Coal Board in South Africa in about 1967. I am currently in South Africa.
Any help you can give me tracking down the custodian of this photo will be greatly appreciated.
26 October 2013
Nicholas Cole Enquiry from 2008
I have just come across your site and saw an enquiry from Nicholas Cole dated 18th March 2008 regarding a photograph of a pit pony by Donald Ottey.
I'm assuming that this has been resolved. However, I have a framed print of a photograph of a pony being fed by his driver which I recently bought at auction, and attached to the back of it was a photocopy of a document bearing the logo 'TES Bretby', the text of which is as follows:
"Description of Print
The photograph is titled "PALS".
It was taken in 1959 in the Main Trunk Return of No,6 pit at Whitwick Colliery.
It features a pony called Neil, named after a Second World War fighter pilot from Coalville, Flight Sergeant Eric Neil, who was reported missing in action.
The pony driver is Mick Gold who was eighteen years old at the time and lived in Loughborough Road, Thringstone.
The photograph was taken by Don Ottey, the Area Photographer for No.7 Area of the East Midland Division of the National Coal Board.
He was travelling out of the pit and it was his last frame in the film. It was taken using only the roadway lighting, together with a miner's headlamp."
This document bears no name.
If this is the photograph which Nicholas was looking for, then even if he has found another copy, I would be very grateful if he could shed any light upon the accuracy of the description in the document and the people involved.
I look forward to hearing from you.