|Patricia Pearson (nee Savage)
14 September 2010
Willie McAlpine and unknown Mines Rescue Personnel
Having viewed your website, with my father, I would like to inform you that the other, cleaner gentleman, in the photo is my Dad, Eric Savage. He was a young brigadesman aged 23 at the time of the disaster and was attending his first major incident.
He went on to rise through the ranks, of the Mines Rescue Service, ending his career in 1991 as Superintendent at Selby Mines Rescue Station, North Yorkshire.
Patricia Pearson (nee Savage).
Could you pass on the following message to Patricia Pearson (nee Savage)
I met your dad for the first time at Auchengeich Disaster as I sat beside him in the x-cut near the pit bottom when they broke through into the return airway. It was too hot and smokey to do any exploring and the x-cut was sealed up again.
In 1963 I started to do Mines Rescue training at Coatbridge Rescue station but it was halted due to a fire at Wester Auchengeich colliery. In 1966 I completed it at Cowdenbeath Rescue station and came in contact with Eric at other heatings and fires. When he came to Cowdenbeath R stn we attended other incidents and mines rescue competitions.
I would be pleased to hear from him and Fionn Taylor will give you my e-mail address if you wish it.
John (Iain) Urquhart
Dad was so pleased to hear about John Urqhart. Can you pass on his very best wishes to John, remembers him well and hopes he is well.
John can have my email address if he wishes.