FOR seventy years Ilkeston's Mines Rescue Station provided a life-saving service for pits in and around the town. The station, on Manners Road, was an important part of the mining industry that once played a huge part in the lives of Ilkeston's residents. But today, little of the industry survives. One West Hallam man hopes to change that by collecting information about Ilkeston's rescue workers and including it on his web site, http://www.fionn.org.uk. Fionn Taylor, of Hallam Way, is basing the bulk of the site around his late father-in- law's scrapbook.Philip Healey spent most of his working life at the Rescue Station and filled his scrapbook with newspaper clippings about the station's work.Fionn said: "Through my website I would like to keep the memory of the coal mining industry, in this area, and the mines rescue alive." To do this I need more information. I need stories from miners and their families, not just what went on underground but what it was like to have a relative in the mining industry. "If anyone can send me stories, pictures, or anything I can put on the website, I would be most grateful."
The website contains information on Arthur Syson, the superintendent at Ilkeston Mines Rescue for 21 years. He died in September 1957. During his many years of service he attended the Fould Ordnance explosion during World War Two, the Creswell disaster and Markham.
If you can help Fionn in his quest for information about Ilkeston Mines Rescue and the men who worked there call the Ilkeston Advertiser on 01159 44 44 11.