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Evening Sentinel Jan. 8th 1975 Page 18. C.F.
NCB officials were today carrying out on the spot investigation into an accident at Silverdale colliery, in which 48 year old Mr. Iwan Adamiw was caught by a tunnelling machine and killed yesterday.

Evening Sentinel Jan 13th 1975 Page 13. Crewe
Mr. G. Beard, manager of Hem Heath, presented framed long service certificates to Mr. M. Brownfield 51 years service and Mr. R. Hawkins, at Hem Heath colliery retired miners annual dinner held at the Jubilee Hall, Stoke.

Evening Sentinel Jan 20th 1975 Page 9. F.
Almost 200 attended the annual dinner dance at the Grand Hotel, Hanley, on Saturday of the Hanley Branch of the NUM Power Group.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 3rd 1975 Page 16. Crewe.
A miner collapsed and died underground at Florence colliery today. He was Ivan Ostrochow, said to be in his fifties.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 4th 1975 Page 7. F.
A retired North Staffs Mines Rescue Superintendent, who led every rescue attempt during his career, has died. Mr. W. T. Foden age 80 died in the NSRI after a short illness. He worked in the North Staffs coal industry for 52 years and in 1946 was appointed Mines Rescue Superintendent.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 10th 1975 Page 1. C.F.
Photo of a group of Doctors and Nurses, from the City General Hospital as they visited Great Row, Apedale. They filled a tub of coal and autographed it.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 15th 1975 Page 4. F.F.
A pitman has died 12 days after being injured in an underground accident, he was 58 year old Mr. Lukaslewsly. He was struck by a pipe while working at Hem Heath colliery.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 20th 1975 Page 24 C.F.
The rescue hero of the 1937 Holditch colliery disaster has died at the age of 83. Mr. Ezra Clarke captained a rescue team of five, which went to the scene of an explosion, which killed two of the men. For about 24 hours Mr. Clarke and his team worked consistently and were responsible for recovering a lot of men, both living and dead.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 21st 1975 Page 1. Crewe
Four coalface workers at Hem Heath colliery received burns and suffered shock resulting from an ignition of gas today.

Evening Sentinel Feb 25th 1975 Page 1 Crewe.
The coal preparation building at Florence colliery was evacuated today because of an explosion threat.

Evening Sentinel Feb 27th 1975 Page 11. F.
Mr. Wilf Simcock, a safety inspector with the NUM for the last 25 years made his last inspection yesterday at Norton colliery, where his father was killed in 1939. He worked in the mining industry more than 50 years. Mr. Simcock joined the industry as a fireman’s lad at Chatterly Whifield colliery, where he became a deputy.

Evening Sentinel March 12th 1975 Page 11. F.
At the 600-man Silverdale colliery today, Mr. W. Miron, officially inaugurated a £1.000.500 surface drift prospect, which will step up output from 600,000 to 750.000 tons of coal per year.

Evening Sentinel April 11th 1975 Page 12. Crewe
An NCB apprentice mechanic, 19 year old Michael Schofield from Stoke-on-Trent takes to the high seas in June for a once in a lifetime trip on the 300 ton Schooner Winston Churchhill.

Evening Sentinel May 1st 1975 Page 9. Crewe.
By resolution from Wolstanton colliery branch, the Midlands area conference, called on the National Executive to carry out periodic inquiry into the effects of the productivity scheme in the industry in the safety and health of the members.

Evening Sentinel May 3rd 1975 Page 1 F.
The colliery manager Mr. G. presented seventeen miners from Hem Heath colliery, with a combine total of 731 years service, yesterday with long service certificates, Beard.

Evening Sentinel May 1975 page 1 C.F.
A young miner was killed at Wolstanton colliery today. He was working on an exploratory seam when the accident, believed to have involved machinery occurred.

Evening Sentinel June 5th 1975 Page 7. Crewe
A miner was killed at Hem Heath colliery while doing a job that could be done no other way, an inquest heard at Stoke Town hall yesterday. He was Mr. W. Lukasiewicz, age 59. A pipe was attached by a chain and rope to a haulage machine, there was a big bang and a cloud of dust. The pipe swung round and hit Mr. Lukasiewicz in the face. He was bleeding heavily and unconscious and was taken to the NSRI where he died.

Evening Sentinel June 12th 1975 Page 11 Crewe.
From early this year the Coal board have repeatedly said there would be massive investment in the North Staffs coalfield as part of the Government’s strategy to boost coal production nationally in the next decade and save on imported oil.

Evening Sentinel June 20th 1975 Page 24 Crewe
Productivity records which have stood for more than 4 years and another lasting only a week have been smashed by 2 North staffs pits. Miners at the 1.600 men Florence colliery, Longton, have created a new overall face production record of 319.8 cwt per man-shift, the best since 1971. For the third successive week miners at Holditch colliery have smashed their overall face record with a weekly average of 543.7 cwt.

Evening Sentinel June 23rd 1975 Page 9. Crewe.
Article on North Staffs mining, past and present. Fifty years ago, the local coal industry was employing 35.000 men, at 88 pits and producing 5.500.000 tons of coal at the price from 25 shillings to 37 shillings a ton.

Evening Sentinel July 18th 1975 Page 1 C.F.
There is no question of Chatterly Whitfield colliery closing by the end of the year, an NCB spokesman said today.

Evening Sentinel July 28th 1975 Page 7. F.
All previous records including output and productivity have been broken at Holditch colliery in the most successful week since the colliery began producing, just over 60 years ago. (Full report)

Evening Sentinel Aug 2nd 1975 Page 1 L.
A fresh tremor, the ninth since the trouble began struck homes in the Trent Vale area only hours after the Coal Board and City Council decided to furnish money for an emergency relief fund to help for the damage in hardship cases.

Evening Sentinel Aug 7th 1975 Page 1. F.
Holditch colliery miners turn actors for their presentation “Safety Sense” A sketch, which they presented last night. They are entering the sketch for the national mining safety campaign.

Evening Sentinel Aug 14th 1975 Page 18. F.
Photo of the new Holditch colliery Coal Queen, Mrs June Jackson of Audley being crowned with a miner’s helmet, by the retiring Queen Mrs Susan Fagan.

Evening Sentinel Aug 20th 1975 Page 11. F.
Holditch and Silverdale collieries have both finished in the top ten of the coal board’s national league in medium size pits with Norton taken 6th place.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 19th 1975 Page 9. Crewe
West German miners on a visit to North Staffordshire were guests at Florence colliery welfare are club last night. They also went down Holditch colliery and in the afternoon they toured Kemball Training Centre.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 26th 1975 Page 13. F.
Miners at Chatterley Whitfield colliery have made history by setting a new productivity and output record. The overall output per man-shift in September was on average 54 cwt. This is the highest productivity in the history of the pit, which is 135 years old and employs 500 men.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 29th 1975 Page 7 F.
Holditch colliery swept the board in the Western Area fire fighting competition. They won the underground trophy, surface trophy and the overall trophy for the most points.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 7th 1975 Page 5. Crewe
All the plans for the coal mining industry could not be met unless more emphases was placed on the importance and speed of underground roadway development, was a view expressed at the North Staffs mining institute, at their annual meeting at Stoke last night.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 8th 1975 Page 1. C.F.
Marie Silk was elected the Coal Queen of North Staffs miners. Her father works at Hem Heath and her brother at Florence.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 16th 1975 Page 13. F.
No objections were raised last night by the Newcastle development services to opencast mining between Lycette and Scott Hay. The NCB want to extract 200.000 tons of coal.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 18th 1975 Page 12. L.
The NCB said the life expectancy of Victoria colliery, Biddulph, was between 7 and 10 years, also the workforce at Chatterley Whitfield colliery would be reduced from 600 to 386 when merged with Wolstanton colliery.

Evening Sentinel Oct 22nd 1975 Page 6. Crewe.
It was reported that the countryside committee of Staffordshire County Council yesterday that two pit shafts on the site at Bignall Hill, Audley, were unsafe. It was recommended that they be capped and carry out additional work and fencing. Workings in the Great Row seam at Hem Heath colliery at a depth of 600 metres were continuing under Trentham Park.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 23rd 1975 Page 22 C.F.
Officially opening the impressive £250.000 Hem Heath sports and social centre, which covers 8 acres at Trentham last night, Mr. Joe Gormley, NUM president, told a full house that coal mining was the most expansionist industry today. (Full story)

Evening Sentinel Nov. 14th 1975 Page 13. F.
The 580 men Chatterley Whitfield colliery has set new records in productivity for the second time in three months. The overall productivity has been boosted to 54.2 cwt per man shift.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 1st 1975 Page 16. F.
Chatterley Whitfield, Tunstall, set another record today with an overall output of 57.4 cwt. About 12 cwt above the national average. At Florence colliery miners responded to the drive for more coal by setting a new face output per man shift record of 332.6 cwt. The previous best was 319.8 cwt in 1971.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 5th 1975 Page 12 Crewe
Underground roadways, to link Chatterley Whitfield and Wolstanton, were spot on. The new 590 yards long tunnel 18 feet wide and 15 feet high connected the collieries. (Photo)

Evening Sentinel Dec. 8th 1975 Page 1. F.
Coal Board officials were today investigating a surface explosion at Hem Heath colliery, Trentham. More than a hundred maintenance men were evacuated when windows in the Fan house were blown out and lubricant oil in the switchgear caught fire.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 12th 1975 Page 9. Crewe
Mrs. M. Platt expressed concern at yesterdays meeting of the Staffordshire County Council about the number of mine shafts being flooded in the Bignall Hill area of Audley.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 20th 1975 Page 10. L.
Miners at North Staffs champion colliery were yesterday treated to free Christmas drinks by the coal board. About 30 miners of a 600 workforce at Holditch colliery were given bottles of beer. They had done well in production, fire fighting and safety.

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