1984 - Page 2
Westthorpe Closed After 60 Years
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Image From Geography, The Britain and Ireland Project
- George Bradshaw (2nd) 1965-1973
- Frank A Fletcher (9085) 1974-1978
- Lenny HT Hallam (9909) 1979-1982 (promoted from Bolsover, transferred to Pleasley)
- Arnold Vardy (7891) 1982 (promoted from Ireland, transferred to Arkwright then Warsop).
Assistant Manager (Planning)
- Phil M Davies (9672) (promoted from Undermanager, transferred to Shirebrook)
- H Brian Bennett (8306) (second right, with white scarf (arm bandage from medical centre)) 1973-1975 (transferred from Assistant Manager Pleasley, promoted to Deputy Manager High Moor)
- John Dawson (9797) 1978-1982.
Undermanagers For Westthorpe
- H Kendall (1551) 1924-1927 promoted to Manager
- H Barton (2nd) 1927-1929
- Robert H Drury 1930-1932
- George Walker (3903) 1932-1943
- AH Jackson (2nd) 1943-1949
- George Bradshaw (2nd) 1949-1965 (promoted to Deputy Manager)
- George K Bright (2nd) 1966-1975
- D Amatt (2nd) 1968-1969
- Phil M Davies (9672) 1969-1970 (promoted from Senior Overman Williamthorpe, previously a Deputy and prior to that with Kalgoorie Gold, W Australia)
- Jack E Taylor (9912) 1971-1982
- Eric R Burton (11063) 1983-1984.
- Roland Buckley (2,,,) (transferred to Planning dept) 1954?-
- .....Philip Dawson (2617) Apr 1964-Dec 1967 (transferred to Survey dept Bolsover Area HQ, Jan 1968-1970 developed Fairey Tip flights, transferred to Computer Liaison -1976)
- …Malcolm S Hardy (2628) -1972
- Fred Barnett (2955) -1974
- Phil Toseland (6002) -1986. The Surveyor at neighbouring Brookhouse in South Yorkshire up to 1968 was Peter J Rial (3389).
Fatal Accidents Westthorpe
- William Watts (39) fall of roof 30/10/1929, died 14/12/1929
- George A Nettleship (15) run over by tubs 27/4/1931
- John Henry Jenkinson (32) run over by tubs -/4/1934
- Sam Skelton (60) fell down the shaft 25/4/1963
- Alec Moore (16) caught in machinery 10/2/1966
- John Hill (73) fall of roof 31/8/1953, died 30/12/1972.
In the Mosborough area nearby named old collieries closed previously were:
- Mosboro’ Hall
- Mosboro’ Moor
- Haven Farm 1, 2,
Shirebrook (North Derbyshire) manpower was 2,126 including 704 on coal faces, 1,092 elsewhere underground and around 300 on the surface.
On 20th February 1984 Peter Heathfield Secretary of the Derbyshire NUM was appointed General Secretary of the NUM, (1984-1992) succeeding Lawrence Daly.
In February Arthur Scargill President of the NUM gave a 35 minute speech at Calverton Miners Welfare warning of future pit closures.
HMI Fred B Turton (5713) continued as District Inspector and Howard C Evans (10047) (ex Deputy Manager Hem Heath) as an Inspector.
‘Jelly’ Expert Killed When Explosive Store Exploded
On a bleak wintry night in March 1984 there was the death of one of London’s Underworld top ‘jelly’ experts. Known as the ‘expert’ because of his special knowledge of gelignite, he was trying to blast his way into Westthorpe (North Derbyshire) explosive store during a blizzard. Unfortunately for him his plans went wrong and all the ¾ ton (750 kilos) of explosive blew up and the brick and concrete store was totally demolished and the ‘would be thief’ killed in the blast. No one else was injured although debris was flung 492 yards (450m), crashing through roofs and windows of nearby houses.
First 1 Million Tonnes
At Harworth (North Nottinghamshire) 1 million tonnes was produced for the first time with a manpower of 1,196 in 1983-84 financial year, (the highest manpower ever was 2,346 in 1935).