Throughout the 20th century coal mining was at the heart of industry and communities across North Staffordshire.
The new documentary by Newcastle-under Lyme based documentary film-makers Inspired Film and Video will look at the importance of coal mining across the area and look at how it has shaped the communities we live in today. The documentary uses interviews, reminiscence, archive footage, photography, graphics and original music to create a fitting tribute to the collieries and coal miners of North Staffordshire.
The importance of coal-mining across North Staffordshire cannot be underestimated. It provided a livelihood for tens of thousands of people and was essential in the development of other industries across the area. North Staffordshire was rich with coal seams but what was more important than this was the richness of the people and the communities that drove the industry forward.
Pride in the Pits features contributions from historian and Evening Sentinel columnist Fred Hughes, Richard Stone ““ author of “ËœCollieries and Coalminers of Staffordshire’ Paul Deakin ““ underground cave and mine photographer, former North Staffs NUM secretary Joe Wills, The Friends of Chatterley Whitfield, John Irwin ““ lecturer in trade union studies, Mark Fisher MP, Joan Whalley MP, Bill Bratt – former miner and chairman of Port Vale FC, Peter Coates ““ Stoke City chairman and miner’s son, Brenda Procter from the North Staffs Miners’ Wives Action Group and John Lumsdon of the North Staffs Mines Resource Centre.
The film has been produced in association with the Homes and Communities Agency and has enabled 20000 copies of the film to be produced and distributed free of charge with a special mining edition of The Way We Were in March 2010. .
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