Mine’s ‘a large one’
Angry villagers have launched a powerful and overly complex protest against Thatcherism, by excavating a coal mine deep below Harold.
Working 10-hour shifts in appalling conditions, the group has so far dug over 13 miles of tunnels by hand. With stifling heat and deadly methane to contend with and no practical civil engineering experience between them, the list of casualties grows by the day.
Phil Evans thinks it’s worth it. Wearing a fruit-bowl with a bicycle lamp taped to it and carrying a gas-detecting bantam chicken, Evans looks every inch the icon of working class struggle.
Teresa Macster, known locally as the Ironing Lady, has died at the age of 87.
With her trademark handbag and ironing board, Teresa was one of the great characters of the village combining her bustling ironing business with the arduous role of Mayoress of Harold, the first woman to be elected in this position.
In her heyday, Teresa was a formidable leader, applying the same criteria to council officials as she did to laundry by separating them into “Wets” or “Drys”.
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Blacking up was ‘not appropriate’
The newly formed Kensington and Harold colliery band has been slammed as ‘patronising’ by the National Union of Miners.
The musicians have no connection with mining, the nearest pit is 135 miles to the north. But that didn’t stop the group reaching the semi-final of this year’s Scargill Testimonial Band Play-off.
With most of the musicians working in IT or finance, forming a colliery band may not have seemed an obvious choice.