Silverdale

The North Stafford Mining Federation, at its District Council Meeting held in the Miners Hall Burslem on the 16th of December 1946, left the following minute. VESTING DATE AND PUBLICITY. _That Messrs Johnson (Silverdale), and Whitehurst (?), along with Mr Baddeley (Secretary and Agent), be nominated to attend the meeting at Stoke on Wednesday, 18th December 1946, to discuss arrangements with regard to the vesting date and the suggested official ceremonies.

Sentinel September 1st 1948. Final.Page 1.
A dispute at Silverdale colliery, was quickly settled. The afternoon and evening shifts did not work. The dispute was over new underground regulations. Agreement was reached between the miner's representatives and the N.C.B. the night and day shifts worked.

Sentinal. November 6th 1948. Football Final Page 1.
An underground worker at Silverdale colliery, Mr. Charles Bellington aged 17, of 15, Victoria Street, Silverdale, was admitted to the N. S. R. I. with head injuries.

Evening Sentinel Dec 21st 1949 Page 6.
Pit head output for the week ending Dec 17th were; Parkhall 5,820 tons (An all time record) Parkhouse 5,820 tons (Best output since 1938) Madeley 4,822 tons Silverdale 7,203 tons and Florence 9,542 tons. All of which were the best since vesting day.

Sentinel June 20th 1950 page 5
Mr Cumberbatch 46 years in mining. Born in Silverdale,worked at Florance,was Manager at Staffs Coal and Iron till 1925.after at Hanley Deep Pit.

Sentinel December 29th 1950
Silverdale miner for 56years Mr Bromley now 69 worked at Kent's Lane Colliery. Celebrated Golden Wedding Anniversary. During the 1914-1918 War he served in France, and was a prisoner for 11months.

Sentinel 7th June 1951page 5 Mr Harry Gardiner an underground engine driver at Silverdale collapsed after getting out of the cage he died on his way to hospital.

Evening Sentinel. January 26th 1952. Final Page 5.
Long service awards were presented to 19 veteran miner's of Silverdale colliery, last night at the Sneyd Arms Hotel, Silverdale. Miners with at least 50 year's service, provided they were working when the mine's were Nationalised in 1947, qualified for a certificate. One miner with most service, Mr. Herbert Harvey who has 61 year's service, went into the mine's at the age of 16 in 1889.

Evening Sentinel. September 20th 1952 Final Edition Page 1.
A verdict of accidental death was returned on Mr. John Harrison a 55 year old colliery packer of 9, Popular Avenue, Cross Heath, who was killed by a fall of roof at Kents lane colliery, Silverdale. More on this can be seen on this page in the "Sentinel".

Evening Sentinel. December 10th 1952 Final Page 5.
Three members of the Silverdale Branch of the Power group of the National Union of Enginmen ,Firemen, Mechanical and Electrical workers, each had completed more than 50 years Union membership, were last night presented with a Silver medal and a cheque in recognition of their long service at Madeley working man's club.

Evening Sentinel. February 9th 1953. City Final. Page 6.
Two hours after he started his first Sunday shift for some time, Mr. Enoch Thorley, aged 42, of 22, Prospect Place, Newcastle, a packer was killed during a shotfiring at Kent’s Lane colliery, Silverdale, yesterday. It is understood that Mr. Thorley was struck by a piece of timber at the coalface. Mr Thorley’s inquest was on February 19th and is in the Late Edition on Page 5. Death was due to severe head injuries and lacerations to the brain A verdict of accident death was recorded.

Evening Sentinel. April 18th 1953. Final. Page 1
Alfred Sidney Fowles, aged 5 of 9, Albert Street, Silverdale, was fatally injured by a railway wagon at Silverdale colliery sidings yesterday. More on this article can be seen on this page.

Evening Sentinel. October 12th 1953. Late Page 4.
. Two veteran miners, Mr. Samuel Brooks, of 78, Newcastle Street, Silverdale, and Mr. Harry Johnson of 182, High Street Silverdale, will be presented with B.E.M. medals by Mr. Geoffery Lloyd the Minister for Fuel and Power on Wednesday. Mr. Brooks, 72, has worked at Madeley colliery for 60 years, and Mr. Johnson, 74, has worked at Silverdale colliery for 61 years

Sentinel 1st July 1954, late, page 1 Durham miner Mr E Nicholson given the keys to is new home on the Parkside Estate Silverdale. He worked at Wolstanton colliery and was the 175th tenant to come into the area. There is a photograph in the late edition on page 6.

Sentinel 4th Oct 1954 (late p5)
Mr D Alexander ex-under manager at Silverdale, was presented with a barometer and a clock, following his appointment as manager at Glasshouse and Apedale collieries.

Sentinel 11th December 1954 (late p4)
New baths at Silverdale with 70 showerheads opened by Mr Harold Lockett N.U.M. Area Secretary

Evening Sentinel. February 3rd 1956. Late Page 8
Photograph of Silverdale and it’s Kent’s Lane pit covered in snow.

Evening Sentinel. November 24th 1956 Late. Page. 8.
Celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary today are Mr. & Mrs. Tom Dulson of Mill Lane, Madeley, both aged 82, Mr. Dulson who retired 12, years ago spent 20 years at Silverdale and Leycett pits, Mr. Dulson recalls the Penny Farthing and Queen Victoria’s Jubilee calibrations.

Sentinel 8th July 1957 late p4
Photograph and article on a presentation at Silverdale colliery of long service certificates to 12 men who had each completed at least 50yrs service. Colliery manager Frank Allen was present. Their names were, Harry Birkin, Joe Whalley 55yrs, George Rhodes, William Moulton, Joe Dowling, Herbert Lewis 53yrs, Joe Wainwright, Sam Jervis, David Whitehurst, Frank Maskery 52yrs, Joe Thoombs 51yrs, and Weston Billington 50yrs

Sentinel 21st September 1957 late p5
last coal from Lycett colliery. After 100yrs of production Lycett closed today. The present manpower of 437 u/g and 112 surface will eventually be transferred to other North Staffs pits i.e. Hem Heath, Wolstanton, Silverdale, and Holditch. 100 men will be kept back for salvage, which should take between 6 and 12 months. A further 5 men will produce sufficient coal to keep the boilers going.

Sentinel 28th Oct 1957 late p5
Silverdale wins fire fighting cup in competition at Sneyd. Stafford was second, with Hanley Deep third. There were over 200 competitors.

Evening Sentinel. February 5th 1958. Late. Page 5.
Norton colliery had its highest output in its history, and two more colliery’s had their highest output in resent times. Norton’s output was 472,540 tons in addition it won the Area safety award league competition for 1957. Silverdale had an output of 364,355 tons, which was its best year since 1939. Stafford colliery’s output was 351,882 tons, its best since 390,882 tons in 1942.

Evening Sentinel. July 8th 1958. Late Final Page 5.
A 51, year old miner, Mr. Frederick Lawrence, of 9, Cross Street, Silverdale, was fatally injured in a roof fall at Silverdale colliery, yesterday.

Evening Sentinel. January 14th 1959. Late. Page 7.
Hero of the ‘Minnie pit disaster’ of 1915, is now 91 years of age, and his the oldest male inhabitant of Silverdale. Mr. George Robert Stanley, of 10, Brid Street Silverdale, one of his proudest possessions is the medal which he won for “Heroic Service” during the great catastrophe, the second of his life. He took part in the disaster at Silverdale colliery in 1913.

Evening Sentinel. January 20th 1959. Late. Page 10.
Photograph of Mr. J. Leach, who retired as overman, at Silverdale colliery after 40 years service, is seen receiving a grandmother clock from Mr. F. Tilsley, at the Borough Arms, Newcastle.

Evening Sentinel. May 4th 1959. Late. Page 8.
Photograph of Silverdale colliery football team, Championship and K.O. cup winners, of division II of the Newcastle-under-Lyme, district football league.

Evening Sentinel. June 12th 1959. Late. Page 1.
When a Silverdale miner failed to leave the Silverdale colliery, at the end of the day shift yesterday, a search for him began immediately, and he was found dead under a fall of roof. Mr. Edward J. McGovern, a packer, of 119, Bath Road, Parksite. He was working on No.14 Chalky face. He is married with four children.

Evening Sentinel. June 23rd 1959. Special Edition. Page 1.
Photograph of Silverdale colliery football team with their trophies, winners of the Newcastle-under- Lyme and district Division II Championship and Challenge Cup.

Evening Sentinel. June 30th 1959. Special Edition. Page 1.
The inquest on Mr. Edward John McGovern, of Silverdale, who was killed in a roof fall at Silverdale colliery on the 11th of this month, the jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

Evening Sentinel. August 11th 1959. Late. Page 4.
Photograph of the first ever Silverdale colliery, Gymkhana. In which over 3,000 people attended. On Page five of this edition there is the list of the results of all the competitions.

Evening Sentinel. September 8th 1959. Late. Page 4.
A career in mining which spans half a century, ends this week with the retirement of Mr. Tom Horan, of 65, Edward Street, May Bank, who his best remembered as a local athlete. Mr. Horan began work at Silverdale colliery, then he moved to Hanley Deep Pit, and for the last 31 years, during which he has been the winding engineman at Wolstanton colliery.

Evening Sentinel. October 1st 1959. Late. Page 4.
A Silverdale colliery welder was so disturbed by rumours that the pit may close down, and was anxious to leave that kind of employment, yesterday appealed against the refusal of Newcastle- under-Lyme Rural Council, (acting for Staffordshire County Council) to permit the erection of a bungalow in connection with poultry farming in a proposed green belt area.

Evening Sentinel April 27th1960 Late Final Page 5.
A North Staffordshire Delegate, To the West Midland N.U.M. Conference (Mr. S. Fox, Silverdale Coll.) said, while they had 100% Union, it was becoming like a Colossus, with feet of clay, because 2 out of 3 were disgruntled day waged men, and the reason for the loss of manpower, was low wages; men loading were on £8, where men just 30 yards away, men were on three times as much.

Evening Sentinel October 7th 1960. Late. Page8.
The mining industry as lost another stalwart with the retirement of Mr.A.E. Nicklin of Cross Heath, the former manager of Silverdale colliery, and has held numerous mining post's. More on this article is on this page in the "Sentinel"

Evening Sentinel December 12th 1960. Late. Page 9.
"Silverdale colliery is not closing official" A N.C.B. Spokesman emphatically scotched all rumours that Silverdale colliery is to close, but a small colliery drift mine, the Glasshouse, Chesterton, is to close on December 31st

Evening Sentinel Jan. 19th 1962 City Final Page 1
An anonymous £5 gift has been prompted the Vicar of Silverdale, the Rev R. Egerton, to launch an appeal for 19 year old Vernon dyer, who lost his right hand in a pit accident last week.

Evening Sentinel May 11th 1962 Late final Page 1.
Production at Silverdale colliery virtually brought to a standstill today by an un-official strike in which 1,800 tons of coal was lost, spread to three main coal faces. Plus there was a three union bid to stop pit closure. NUM, NACODS, and Power Group.

Evening Sentinel May 14th 1962 Page 1.
Silverdale miners still out on unofficial strike over Power Loading agreement. This concerns 30 men but is affecting 700 men.

Evening Sentinel May 15th 1962 Page 14.
Silverdale miners return to work. Dispute to be discussed.

Evening Sentinel June 30th 1962 Page 1.
Mr. Z. Luczynski age 50 was killed at Silverdale colliery yesterday. He was trapped by machinery and fatally injured.

Evening Sentinel July 17th 1962 Page 5.
A verdict of accidental death was recorded at yesterday’s inquest on 50 year old Z. Luczynski, Silverdale colliery trapped under shearer.

Evening Sentinel July 4th 1963 Page 1.
Mr. Sid Fox, age 46, Num secretary at Silverdale colliery, has been elected Area agent to succeed Jack Lally who was recently elected President of the NUM Midlands Area.

Evening Sentinel July 15th 1963 Page 8.
Improved weather conditions and added attractions enabled the organisers of Silverdale colliery welfare committee to break even. 3.000 people attended the event.

Evening Sentinel Dec 16th 1963 Page 1.
Voluntary Saturday shift working at seven North Staffs pits yielded an estimate 5,479 tons of coal. Chatterley Whitfield, 1,807, Wolstanton, 1,626, Hem Heath 915, Foxfield 328, Holditch and Silverdale 300 tons each Florence 198 tons

Evening Sentinel Feb 22nd 1964 Page 1. L.F.
Silverdale colliery was one of three West Midland pits which broke productivity records at the end of February, with an output per man-shift of 55.1 cwt for all employees.

Evening Sentinel May 28th 1964 Page 7. F.
A new social welfare centre for the mining population of Silverdale was officially opened last night. The instigators of the project are the trustees and committee of the Silverdale colliery sports and welfare scheme.

Evening Sentinel July 22 1964 Page 5.
Two major underground operations, one at Norton and one at Silverdale are planned by the NCB during the August holiday close down of pits in the North Staffs area.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 16th 1964 Page 1. L.
Detectives today went underground at Silverdale colliery in an effort to solve the mystery of the death of Mr. W. Ward age 58, who died of chest injuries on Monday afternoon.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 18th 1964 Page 1. L.
The inquest was opened today at Newcastle and adjourned till January 15th provisionally, on Mr. W. Ward of Silverdale colliery. The coroner said death was caused by injury to the heart due to a penetrating wound of the thorax.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 22nd 1964 Page 1. L.
Fellow miners from Silverdale colliery were among the mourners at the Sacred Heart RC Church yesterday, for the funeral of Mr. W. Ward who was fatally injured at the mine on Monday last week.

Evening Sentinel Jan 30th 1965 Final Page 5.
There was no evidence that anyone was wielding a pick which killed 58 year old Mr. William Ward at Silverdale colliery, it was said yesterday. The explanation was that he was using the pick to prevent a steel cutter rope from coming off the top of a “peg” anchoring a moving coal cutter.

Evening Sentinel March 6th 1965 Page 8.
Output and solid stowing operations to safe guard the district against subsidence are to be stepped up at Silverdale colliery before the end of the year at a cost of £178.000. Also photo of NCB department dinner dance.

Evening Sentinel April 9th 1965 Page 1 L.
Silverdale has set up two new productivity records in the last fortnight. In the week ending March 27th productivity for all employees reached 55.2 cwt man shift. Coal face output rose from 205.5 cwt in April 1963 to 222.7 cwt. The figure for all employees was 58.2 cwt.
Page 24 Mr. C. Edwards, secretary of Sneyd cricket club told members at their annual meeting last night, that the help they received from the Sneyd colliery welfare club for many years, may be cut off.

Evening Sentinel June 1st 1965 Page 10. F.
Staffordshire County Council ambulances will probably be made available to several coalmines in the near future. The pits include Holditch, Apedale, Silverdale, Victoria and Wolstanton. The cost would be £6,000 and this would be repaid by the Coal Board.

Evening Sentinel June 19th 1965 Page 5.
Silverdale colliery broke a 3 week old record by more than 2 cwt with 65.1 cwt a man-shift for all employees in week ending June 5th.
Page 20 Funeral of Freemason, Mr. A.R. Mason, who was mechanical engineer to Holditch, Apedale, Parkhouse and Silverdale group of collieries. (Full list of mourners)

Evening Sentinel Sep 7th 1966 Page 14 F.
Mr H.E. Collings, NCB, was at the presentations of the National Civil Defence trophies at the Clayton Lodge Hotel last night. He described the Norton colliery team who won the NCB National competition as “truly worthy winners”. Mr George Taylor was leader of the Norton team. Page 7 photo of Mr. A. Ford’s presentation after 51 years service at Silverdale. .

Evening Sentinel Jan 28th 1966 Page 1.
Photo of workmen filling tons of rubble into a hole 9 feet across and 7 feet deep, which suddenly appeared in Cheltingham Rd. Parksite, Silverdale. (An old pit shaft?) .

Evening Sentinel July 25th 1966 Page 5
Wolstanton have won the cup in the NCB North Staffs area fire fighting competition for the third year running in succession. Chatterley Whitfield were 2nd and Silverdale 3rd. .

Evening Sentinel Aug 29th1966 Page 8
Photo of Silverdale colliery football club held at a social evening in the colliery canteen on Saturday to celebrate their success, winning tree major trophies by senior and junior teams. .

Evening Sentinel April 5th 1966 Page 6.
After the Norton development, Silverdale will be the second North Staffs colliery to have remote control and monitoring systems for underground equipment costing £66.000. It should be ready by mid summer. .

Evening Sentinel Dec. 9th 1966 Page 10 F.
Whilst not accepting ownership or responsibility for its 130 year old Wedgwood monument on Bignall Hill, the NCB have now agreed to pay half the cost of the fencing that has to be erected round the monument at a cost of £170 because of the dangerous condition of the column. Page 13. Silverdale colliery miner’s sports pavilion on the football ground was destroyed by a mystery blaze today. .

Evening Sentinel Dec 21st 1966 Page 7.
After hitting a jackpot productivity record in North Staffs with 66.7 cwt per man-shift, miners at Silverdale colliery have scored a further success in their own particular business enterprise. For 4 years they have been operating successfully a concessionary coal delivery scheme, with a profit of £3.100. .

Evening Sentinel Jan 19th 1967 Page 14. F.
The underground manager of Silverdale colliery was killed when; a runaway tub struck him underground yesterday. He was Mr. W. Bridgewood age 46 a married man with 3 children.

Evening Sentinel Jan 24th 1967 Page 10. F.
When a fractured wrought iron link on a box wagon broke under the strain of a haulage rope, the wagon and following wagon careered down a 1 in 3 gradient at Silverdale colliery killing the under-manager who was making a routine inspection underground, an inquest heard at Newcastle yesterday. The verdict was accidental death.

Evening Sentinel March 6th 1967 Page 5 L.
Productivity at North Staffs collieries during the last week in February reached a record level of 43.7 cwt a man-shift for all employees. This was nearly half a cwt above the previous best. Silverdale broke their own productivity record with 67.9 cwt a man-shift.

Evening Sentinel June 28th 1967 Page 1 F.
Face worker M. Palin injured his leg while working at the coalface at Silverdale colliery last night.

Evening Sentinel Sep 4th 1967 Page 5. F.
Silverdale won the fire fighting competition at Kemball Training Centre on Sat 2nd Sep , Wolstanton were 2nd and Stafford 3rd. Photo on page 10.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 27th 1967 Page 10. L.F.
Photo of North Staffs area NCB fire fighting cup presentation won by Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel Oct 16th 1967 Page 6. F.
Photo. 51 years service certificates were presented to retired employees of Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 30th 1967 Page 4. F.F.
In the last working week before Christmas, Silverdale colliery reached a new productivity peak at 72.1 cwt. a man-shift for all employees. This was more than a 1 cwt above the previous best.

Evening Sentinel April 1 1968 Page 12. F.
When A. Shepard went to work at Silverdale colliery in the grim days of the First World War, he began courting a girl who also worked there. Today Arthur and that young lady, Lucy Anne are Mr. and Mrs Shepard and yesterday they celebrated their golden wedding. They have 6 children 3 boys and 3 girls, 30 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Evening Sentinel May 9th 1968 Page 10 F.
A number of Newcastle councillors and officials made a tour of inspection yesterday at Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel July 22nd 1968 Page 6. F.
Photo of Silverdale colliery fire fighting team, who won the overall shield for the third time in succession at the Staffordshire area NCB fire fighting competitions on Saturday.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 25th 1968 Page 9 F.
A European tunnel record is claimed by the men at Silverdale colliery for the type of machine they are using. They extended a tunnel thirteen feet wide and seven feet six inches high by 136 yards. This beat an advance of 110 yards achieved in Germany, (Full story)

Evening Sentinel Dec 9th 1968 Page 10 L.F.
Once more zooming to new records, the coal-face men at Silverdale colliery. Productivity shot up by fifteen and a half cwt from the previous week record to 460.7 cwt. Same page Mr. Sid Bloor, North staffs NCB mines rescue superintendent died in hospital last night. He was 58 and was superintendent for South Staffs until he moved to Berryhill in 1960. His career began at Chatterley Whitfield colliery in 1944.

Evening Sentinel Dec 11th 1968 Page 1. L.
Photo plus write up of miners at Silverdale colliery, with their manager Mr John Belcher after their record-breaking feat, 10.500 tons of coal in five days.

Evening Sentinel March 13th 1969 Page 18. L.F.
A minor earth tremor at Silverdale threw a man from a chair in his sitting room in May Street. There was no damage. The tremor is believed to have been caused by an underground movement due to old mine workings.

Evening Sentinel April 30th 1969 Page 1. C.F.
Photo of Mr. W. Rowley, retired as assistant manager of Silverdale colliery after 45 years in the industry, seen receiving gifts from Mr. Guy Cumberbatch, area productivity manager at a ceremony last night.

Evening Sentinel June 12th 1969 Page 16. L.F.
Mr. N. Winterton, prospective conservative candidate visited Silverdale colliery today. He said he saw a revolutionary retreat mining process in operation.

Evening Sentinel Sep 9th 1969 Page 1. L.
Photo of Mr. John Golding prospective Labour candidate and his wife with officials of Silverdale colliery on a visit yesterday (Write up in C.F. p. 14)

Evening Sentinel Oct. 20th 1969 Page 14. L.F.
Photo of Silverdale colliery retirement tea. Mr. C. Toplass who retired after 51 years service was one, with others received long service certificates.

Evening Sentinel Oct 22nd 1969 Page 7. F.
In spite of loosing output last Friday through the Power Group strike, Silverdale colliery, last week reached a productivity record of 75.7 cwt a man-shift for all employees.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 10th 1969 Page 12 F.
Hem Heath colliery have joined the elite band of British mines with a coalface to produce 10.000 tons in a week. Others in the Staffordshire area are Silverdale and Lea Hall. Last week Great Row 16s at Hem Heath produced 10,387 tons, the highest face output in the colliery’s history.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 18th 1969 Page 1. F.
Photo of guests at Silverdale’s colliery welfare over 60s club, at the annual Christmas party held in the miner’s institute yesterday.

Evening Sentinel Dec 18th 1969 Page 18 F.
Holditch colliery achieved their highest ever 5 day week output by raising 9,066 tons and broke two productivity records. Coalface workers at Silverdale colliery reached an output a man-shift of 803.1 cwt, beating the week old record by 79 cwt.

Evening Sentinel Jan 2nd 1970 Page 11. F.
Silverdale colliery, one of the most successful pits in North Staffs recorded a new peak of coal production during Christmas week. In three working days the pit produced 923 cwt per man-shift, 72 cwt more than the previous week. The new figure is more than six times the national average for pit production.

Evening Sentinel Jan 16th 1970 Page 9. F.
Coal mining in the Staffordshire area is evolving from labour intensive to capital-intensive structure. The tunnel drivage at Hem heath will open up more coal reserves in deep seams in the area of the former Stafford colliery. There will be more investment in Silverdale and Florence.

Evening Sentinel Jan 22nd 1970 Page 9. L.F.
Holditch colliery added three cwt to a month old coal-face record to reach 261.1 cwt. Silverdale also had a double record, coal face productivity was up nearly 8 cwt to 935.4 cwt a man-shift.

Evening Sentinel Feb 6th 1970 Page 22 F.
Coal face workers at Silverdale have become the “the greatest” the coal industry national champions. In doing so, they are keeping the title in the area. Apedale drift mine, where reserves ran out last November set the previous in May 1968. The Silverdale record was at the rate of more than 60 tons a man-shift, more than eight times the national average.

Evening Sentinel Feb 11th 1970 Page 14.
Coalface workers at Silverdale colliery have smashed their week old national record of 60 tons per man-shift to 70 tons per man-shift, or nine times the national average. The colliery has only one coalface, which is fully mechanised and works on a retreat system.

Evening Sentinel March 9th 1970 Page 9. F.
The preventative role played by firedamp drainage systems to meet the changing hazard in current mining systems was stressed at today’s conference at Trentham Gardens, attended by mining engineers from North Staffs, South Staffs and Lancashire. Same page, Silverdale’s recent record breaking performance, when coal face workers achieved 70 tons a man-shift., aim to be the first to pass 100 tons quoted Mr. G. Piggott.

Evening Sentinel May 1st 1970 Page 13. F.
There was a coalface productivity record at Florence colliery of 252.3 cwt, which was nearly 16 cwt above the previous record. At Silverdale, 2s Winghay face set a record for the colliery by producing 12.012 tons last week.

Evening Sentinel Aug 22nd 1970 Page 8.
Photo Silverdale sports committee held their sports dance at the Park Site club, Silverdale. Stars of the night were The Holditch colliery tug-of-war team, winners of the Midlands area competition.

Evening Sentinel Aug 25th 1970 Page 10. L.F.
The North Staffs Institute of Mining Engineers, opened their 1970-71season yesterday with a paper that discussed the detailed developments leading up to the introduction of retreat mining at Silverdale. (Photo on same page)

Evening Sentinel Sep. 11th 1970 Page 1. F.
Coal Board officials were today investigating a mystery explosion which shook hundreds of homes at Silverdale, Newcastle. A loud shuddering blast echoed across the small mining village last night.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 30th 1970 Page 14. F.
The North Staffs branch of the NUM, Silverdale paid tribute to George Bromley, age 75 who died suddenly after a lifetime of service to the mining industry. In the 1914 – 18 war he had a very distinguished career. At the age of 19 he was awarded the DCM. The MM and the Croix de Guerre. (Full report.)

Evening Sentinel Nov. 5th 1970 Page 16. F.
Silverdale miners, British champions for productivity on the coalface, received a pat on the back for their achievements from Newcastle Borough Council last night. (Full story)

Evening Sentinel Jan 20th 1971 Page 5. F.
Photo. Teams from Hem Heath and Littleton collieries who took part in the Staffordshire area of the NCB safety quiz competition for apprentices at Parksite club Silverdale. Page 14. A think tank of six miners and a miner’s wife last night gave their reasons for the increase in industrial disorder during the last five years. The talks were the first of six under the heading of “Coal and Conflict”. The discussion was at Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel Jan. 19th 1971 Page 10. F.
Two North Staffs pits are jockeying for the No 1 spot in the NCBs safety stakes, as the area’s 15,000 pitmen maintain a 29% improvement to hold their lead in the National area improvement table. The two collieries are Norton and Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 15th 1971 Page 6. F.
Silverdale colliery, Newcastle which broke 3 productivity records recently, is now rated the safest pit in the North Staffordshire area of the NCB.

Evening Sentinel May 24th 1971 Page 7. F.
Between £1.500 and £2.000 in safety prize money has been won by Silverdale colliery. The colliery has gained a notable double in the NCB safety competitions.

Evening Sentinel June 12th 1971 Page 12. F.
Photo Mr. Alf Cullinane receiving the cribbage trophy from colliery manager Mr. G.A. Schofield at the annual presentations of indoor sports prizes held at Wolstanton miners welfare institute last night.

Evening Sentinel July 3rd 1971 Page 4. C.F.
Silverdale has won the National trophy for the safest pit employing 600 to 1.000 men.

Evening Sentinel July 16th 1971 Page 11. F.
Output per man-shift on the coalface at Silverdale colliery last week was 1,564. 9 cwt. The best at the pit since February last year. Silverdale employs 650 men and has one coalface in the Winghay seam.

Evening Sentinel July 19th 1971 Page 8. F.
More than 500 children took part in 24 events at the third annual Silverdale colliery children’s sports day on the Silverdale cricket ground on Saturday.

Evening Sentinel July 30th 1971 Page 11. F.
Miners at Silverdale have achieved a new face productivity record for a deep mine colliery for the second time in two weeks. A fortnight ago Silverdale added to their impressive list of records by obtaining an output per man shift on the coalface of 1.564. 9 cwt. The NCB confirmed today that the colliery face output per man shift has increased to 1.615.6 cwt only 9 cwt short of the British record.

Evening Sentinel Aug. 5th 1971 Page 14. C.F.
The highest productivity pit in the area, Silverdale is to boost output to the total of 750.000 tons a year. This is by a new £1.750.000 investment scheme.

Evening Sentinel Aug. 20th 1971 Page 1. F.
Silverdale colliery has created a new British coalface record. The pit extracted 1.674.9 cwt. It’s the forth time in six weeks that the miners, working on the single retreat face in the Winghay seam have broken the coal face record.

Evening Sentinel Aug. 26th 1971 Page 9. F.
Photo of group of Silverdale miners, with a mountain of coal in the background, celebrating their productivity record with a pint.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 16th 1971 Page 1. F.
Photo of nursing sisters from various industrial concerns in North Staffordshire made a three mile underground tour of Silverdale colliery last night. Page 20 280 representatives of men and management from 50 colliers in all parts of Britain attended the launching of the NCB 50 pit safety campaign at Keele University today.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 23rd 1971 Page 9. F.
Miners at Silverdale colliery have broken their own British productivity record set up last month. Last week the colliery hoisted the figure to 1.767.3 cwt per man shift. The total output was 14.234 tons and the overall output per man shift was 86.3 cwt. More than twice the national average.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 29th 1971 Page 1. C.F.
Photo of Mr. Dudley Smith, Under Secretary of State for the department of employment, as he goes underground on a visit to Silverdale colliery today.

Evening Sentinel Oct 25th 1971 Page 10. F.
A photo of a social evening for retired workmen and their wives was held by Silverdale colliery social welfare benevolent schemes, at the colliery canteen on Saturday.

Evening Sentinel Dec 21st 1971 Page 7. F.
The safety campaign for medium size pits features Silverdale colliery, they are eighth in the safety pits table, with a rate of 1.654 of working days lost per thousand man shifts worked.

Evening Sentinel. August 17th 1972. Final Page 18.
Pits in Staffordshire are setting the pace in the N.C.B. annual Safety League with 640 miners at the top of the productivity pit at Silverdale heading the table.

Evening Sentinel. October 4th 1972. Final Page 16.
There is to be a recruiting drive by the N.C.B. for 200 men to be employed by five collieries in North Staffordshire, the collieries are Hem Heath, Silverdale, Holditch, Victoria and Florence.

Evening Sentinel. October 21st 1972. Late Page 10.
A man collapsed and died underground at Silverdale colliery, he was 55, year old Mr. Alfred Henry Otter, of 16, Rowley-Ave Chesterton. Mr. Otter a miner all his working life had been working at Silverdale colliery for about four years, the Coroner has been informed.

Evening Sentinel. October 28th 1972. Late Page 5.
The inquest of 55 year old Mr. Alfred Henry Otter who collapsed and died underground at Silverdale colliery was adjourned yesterday. Mr. Otter received injuries in an accident some years ago.

Evening Sentinel. November 7th 1972. Final Page 7.
A paper dealing with the transitional period for advance to retreat working in the Winghay seam Silverdale colliery was given last night at a meeting of members of the Institute of Mining Engineers at Lichfield. They were told of the advantages and results out-weighing the many problems involved. The authors who both work at Silverdale colliery are Mr. A.J. Hill and Mr. J.W. Ogden.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 21st 1973 Page 12. F.
Last week overall output per man-shift at Silverdale colliery reached 102.3 cwt. The first time a local deep mine has achieved more than five tons per man-shift.

Evening Sentinel April 10th 1973 Page 12. F.
Photo of Victoria Theatre Company, visiting Silverdale colliery yesterday, to study work procedure and atmosphere for their forthcoming production of the new play, “Kelly’s Winder.

Evening Sentinel May 21st 1973 Page 20 F.
Angling trophies and prizes for the past season were presented to members of the Parksite and Silverdale colliery angling clubs at a joint ceremony at the club in Scot Hay Rd. on Saturday.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 21st 1973 Page 7. L.
More than 200 miners and colliery officials attended a dinner at the Grand Hotel, Hanley, last night. The function was for miners from four North Staffs pits, Silverdale, Norton, Holditch and Chatterley Whitfield. Each of these pits has gained honours in the NCB safety campaigns and competitions.

Evening Sentinel May 25th 1974 Page 1 C.F.
Stan Morris fought a vain battle to save a colleague buried by a pit cave in at Silverdale to find it was his own 29-year old son Bob who died underground.

Evening Sentinel May 30th 1974 page 24 C.F.
The inquest on 29-year old Bob Morris who was killed last week at Silverdale colliery, was opened and adjourned today. Another miner, Mr. Theodore Ubejk age 49 was dug out with him, survived.

Evening Sentinel Aug 13th 1974 Page 16 C.F.
A father of a mining family told an inquest today how he led a rescue team in Silverdale colliery and found his 29 year old son, Bob Morris dead.

Evening Sentinel Oct 2nd 1974 Page 24 Crewe.
Seven German mining engineers are to visit Wolstanton, Silverdale and Hem Heath collieries this week.

Evening Sentinel Dec 17th 1974 Page 9 F.
Mr. C. Lax age 64 died as he was working on the coalface at Silverdale colliery yesterday. An investigation got underway to ascertain whether he died as a result of an accident or natural causes.

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 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 9th 1975 Page 18. F.
Full scale investigations into Stoke-on-Trent recent earth tremors are to continue, the NCB revealed today.

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 April 7th 1976 Page 20. F.
Three North Staffs pits have set new productivity records. Silverdale produced 680.686 tons in the financial year, 9.000 above the previous year. Florence set a new overall record of 54.3 cwt compared with 52.9 cwt in 1970/71. Holditch output was 401.000 tons, the best since 1950.

Evening Sentinel May 20th 1976 Page 1. C.F.
North Staffs coalfield received a further massive boost today with the announcement of a £20 m. development scheme for Silverdale. (Full details)

Evening Sentinel June 21st 1976 Page 7. Stafford
A five-man team from Silverdale won a Cup for the surface team test in the NCB Western area fire fighting competition in Lancashire.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 28th 1976 Page 1. F.
Carbon Monoxide tests are being taken every half hour by miners at a fierce underground fire at Hayling Wood, Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 1st 1976 Page 24 F.
An outbreak of fire in a disused mineshaft at Silverdale has been isolated, and it is hoped that the blaze near the workings of the privately owned Great Row Colliery Co. will be put out during the weekend.

Evening Sentinel Oct 15th 1976 Page 1. C.
NCB chairman, Sir D. Ezra comes to North Staffordshire on Tuesday to launch the £20m. New mine project at Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel Oct 19th 1976 Page 1. C.F.
Sir D. Ezra today said productivity levels in the mining industry had fallen, but held out a bright hope for the future, because of performances of pits such as Silverdale., one of Europe’s most successful collieries. (Full Story)

Evening Sentinel Nov. 4th 1976 Page 18. Crewe
Silverdale colliery whose first shafts were sunk more than a hundred years ago, a pile of money, the latest tunnelling, mining techniques, and a lot of hard graft are going into creating by 1983, a new mine on the site of the old one. (Full article)

Evening Sentinel Nov. 24th 1976 Page 1. C.F.
Mr. A. Eadie, Under Secretary of State for Energy, during a tour of Hem Heath and Silverdale collieries, said some of the pits in the Western area have a productivity record to be envied by coal industries throughout Europe.

Evening Sentinel. June 23rd 1977 Crewe Ed. Page 9.
Yesterday a party of 16 German mining engineers came to visit two North Staffordshire collieries, to see British mining techniques. The collieries they are to visit are Hem Heath and Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel. August 24th 1977 Final. Page 1.
Silverdale colliery is the safest pit in Britain, and they have a trophy to prove it. There is a photograph of Mr. Jack Evans, N.C.B. western area chief mining engineer handing the trophy to Mr. Arthur Hill, the colliery’s deputy manager.

Evening Sentinel. November 8th 1977 Late Crewe Final. Page 1.
Photograph of Europe’s biggest mining family, the Welsh family, John and his eight sons who work at Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel Oct 18th 1978 Page 11 F.
Mr Jack Evans, Chief Engineer of the Western area, described Silverdale colliery, the safest pit in Britain as a credit to the coal industry, also the most profitable.

Evening Sentinel June 8th 1979 Page 7 Crewe
The last coal-bunker at Norton colliery is blasted to the ground. Story plus pictures. Page 11 Mr. D. Hodgkinson has been appointed National chairman of the junior section of the Institute of Engineers. He has worked at Silverdale, Holdich, Florence and Hem Heath.

Evening Sentinel Aug 9th 1979 Page 11 Crewe.
The funeral of Mr. J. Beardmore, age 74 takes place on Monday. He was awarded the BEM a decade ago for his services to the coal industry. He retired as colliery engineer at Silverdale colliery, where he worked all his life from the age of 14.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 5th 1979 Page 7 Crewe.
Photo of Mr. and Mrs. H. Dixson who are celebrating their diamond wedding. Mr. Dixson worked at Silverdale colliery for 52 years.

Evening Sentinel Oct 22nd 1979 Page 12 Crewe
Members of the Kidsgrove Townswomen guild visited Silverdale colliery and were shown around by Safety Officer Bob Wood. (Photo)

Evening Sentinel Jan 8th 1980 Page 12. Crewe
The expansion of Silverdale colliery was featured in a talk yesterday at a meeting of the North Staffs branch of the Institute of Mining Engineers.

Evening Sentinel Feb 20th 1980 Page 22 Crewe
Mechanical engineer A. Smith has hung up his pit boots after 48 years in the mining industry. He started work in the fitting shop at Victoria colliery then moved on to Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel March 18th 1980 Page 14 Crewe
An industrial review on the coal industry includes an investment of £20m for production boosting the Trentham project, which involves the linking of Hem Heath and Florence and building a new coal preparation plant. £20m for what is virtually a new mine at Silverdale and £5m to boost production at Holditch colliery.

Evening Sentinel March 25th 1980 Page 1 Crewe
Mitchelin tyre works today piped in waste pit gas to drive their production machines. Five collieries contributed to this. They are Florence, Hem heath, Holditch, Silverdale and Wolstanton.

Evening Sentinel April 8th 1980 Page 16 Crewe.
Silverdale colliery, which shook off a colliery closure threat, has hit record productivity levels in a new seam.

Evening Sentinel July 28th 1980 Page 16. Crewe.
Coal miners’ at Silverdale swapped their pit hats for party hats at the charity extravaganza at the weekend (Photo in the Final page 16)

Evening Sentinel Nov. 7th 1980 Page 14. Crewe
Mr. John Bygott, age 60 has retired after 24 years with the coal board. He was involved in pit schemes such as Hem Heath and Florence link up and Silverdale’s new pit project. Mr Ron Ford has hung up his pit boots after 44 years service to the coal industry, the last seven as safety engineer at Florence colliery.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 24th 1980 Page 5. Crewe.
A group of Labour councillors went on a visit to Silverdale colliery, the 7 councillors included 2 women spent 4 hours underground.

Evening Sentinel Jan 22nd 1981 Page 15 Crewe.
North staffs branch of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors went on a five-hour tour of Silverdale colliery with some of their London colleagues.

Evening Sentinel March 4th 1981 Page 11. F.
Six North Staffs men have retired after clocking up a total of two centuries in the coal industry. Hem Heath R. Bailey and G. Mottram. Florence H. Buttany. Silverdale R. Mayer. Staffordshire H. Q. F. Bailey and S. Pieroni.

Evening Sentinel March 17th 1981 Page 10. Crewe.
Industrial review article on “Coal the fuel of the future” including a road heading machine at Silverdale that will access to a new area containing 50m tonnes of coal. Page 13 NCB chief Sir D. Ezra will visit Stoke-on-Trent later this month and spend a day at Chatterley Whitfield mining museum.

Evening Sentinel April 29th 1981 Page 13. Crewe.
Ex-miner Harold Brown returned to his former home town of Silverdale on Monday to attend a VIP launch of his book entitled, “Most Splendid of Men”

Evening Sentinel June 3rd 1981 Page 11 Crewe.
Mr. B. Dyer has been appointed the new manager of Victoria colliery, Biddulph. He succeeds Mr. D. Lane who has moved to Cronton colliery Widnes. Page 12. A coal cleaning operation at Silverdale colliery went wrong when a pipe containing waste material fractured and caused extensive pollution to the watercourses in North Staffs.
Evening Sentinel Sep. 23rd 1981 Page 1. Crewe.
Father of five, Mr. B. Ball age 44 died today after being crushed in an underground tragedy at Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel Oct 5th 1981 Page 1. F.
Two pitmen were recovering after being badly hurt in an underground rock fall at Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel Dec 21st 1981 Page 5. Crewe
The NCB have submitted planning application to the Newcastle Borough Council for a new methane booster plant at Holditch colliery and a new haulage house at No.3 drift at Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel Jan 20th 1982 Page 11 Crewe. < br> Mr. B.M. Ball age 44, died when a dinting machine jack-knifed in an accident at Silverdale colliery, an inquest heard yesterday < p> Evening Sentinel Jan 28th 1982 Page 22 F.
Thousands of tonnes of coal have to be stockpiled at North staff’s pits as the train drivers dispute continues. Worst hit are Hem Heath, Florence and Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel March 5th 1982 Page13. F.
Measures taken by the NCB to improve the tipping of coal waste from Silverdale colliery at Scot Hay and Alsagers bank impressed councillors when they inspected the two sites yesterday.

Evening Sentinel March 25th 1982 Page 14. Crewe.
Newcastle’s Mayor, Miss E. Mayer led a civic visit to Silverdale colliery to inspect a mining project costing above £30m. Page 18. The miner killed in a 3.000 feet horror Hem Heath plunge was named L. Weston age 44, a father of four. He was identified by finger prints and dental records.

Evening Sentinel March 2nd 1983 Page 1. C.F.
Ten of the Board’s 17 collieries in the area had overall productivity records in excess of 3 tonnes per man-shift last week. They included Hem Heath, Florence, Silverdale and Holditch.

Evening Sentinel March 15th 1983 Page 16. C.F.
Branch members of the NUM Silverdale want their area officers to take action against Mr. Roy Ottey, area secretary of the Power Group.

Evening Sentinel April 20th 1983 Page 9. Crewe.
Pitmen have rejected a resolution by the Silverdale Power Group, which questioned continued link with the NUM. Only three votes were in favour.

Evening Sentinel May 10th 1983 Page 1. Crewe.
Miners at Silverdale are to hold a special meeting this week-end to discuss over the dismissal of a young pit worker.

Evening Sentinel July 23rd 1983 page 14. L.
Plans to sink a giant underground “dustbin” to contain waste products from Silverdale colliery. Triggered off a fierce outcry today.

Evening Sentinel Oct 13th 1983 Page 24. F.
Coal Board chiefs are being urged to rethink their plans to sink a giant lagoon to contain waste products from Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 21st 1983 Page 4. Crewe.
A former miner at Silverdale and Parkhouse collieries, Mr H. Johnson, is celebrating his 90th birthday. He retired in 1961 and now lives with his wife in Blackpool.

Evening Sentinel Jan 31st 1986 Page 13. F.
Miners’ at profitable pit Silverdale, have smashed their weekly output record for the third time in three months. They reached a new peak of 23,706 tonnes last week. Joe Wills, NUM Midland president said Silverdale is a happy pit because the miners are in one union.

Evening Sentinel March 19th 1986 Page 12. Crewe.
Five young pitmen from Silverdale colliery are hoping to become the brains of Britain’s mining industry. They reached the finals at Scarborough by winning the Western area quiz competition.

Evening Sentinel March 29th 1986 Page 16. Special.
Miners at Silverdale have smashed their weekly output record for the forth time in six months. 24.000 tonnes from two faces.

Evening Sentinel April 19th 1986 Page 14. F.
Miners at Silverdale have just notched up the best productivity and record in the pit’s 100-year history.

Evening Sentinel April 21st 1986 Page 9. Crewe.
North Staffs industry week, including an article on coal mining. Photo of G. Piggott, Silverdale colliery, operating a 200 HP machine on Great Row 3s.

Evening Sentinel Aug 1st 1986 Page 10. Extra.
Silverdale pitmen have revived their annual gala, which was last held 5 years ago.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 4th 1986 Page 1. Crewe.
Union officials were holding further talks with management at Silverdale today to get agreement over plans to hold an on site ballot over a controversial new scheme. NUM branch secretary, Mick Finney said the manager would not give us a reply, because, he said he had not got enough time to discuss it.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 8th 1986 Page 1. Extra.
Miners at Silverdale, in an NUM ballot voted 400 against a scheme to create a multi purpose work force, and only 4 in support. The plan was to train electricians and fitters as face workers.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 6th 1986 Page 9. Extra.
Silverdale witnessed the end of an era when work began on dismantling the head-gear. The pithead standing out against the skyline has been a familiar site since 1876 when a wooden frame was first erected for ironstone extraction. The shaft will be kept open to prevent flooding into the drift mine.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 12th 1986 Page 12. Extra.
An arms cache dating back to the Second World War has been unearthed at Silverdale colliery. More than 200 rounds of ammunition were found when workmen ripped up concrete foundations on an old roadway.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 17th 1986 Page 4. Extra.
Royal Dulton chairman, Sir Richard Bailey went on an underground visit at Silverdale colliery today. He had a chat with pitmen on the new Great Row 5s face. Sir Richard is to take over the presidency of the Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum Trust.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 23rd. 1986 Page 5. Extra.
Miners at Silverdale colliery have smashed the pit’s weekly output by nearly 2.500 tonnes. The total was 27.000 tonnes.

Evening Sentinel Jan 24th 1987 Page 24. Page 3. Extra.
Energy conscious youngsters took a first hand look at the history of mining yesterday, when they visited the Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum. Page 16. Families living near to Silverdale colliery are having sleepless nights because of the excessive noise from the pit.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 9th 1987 Page 9. F.
Miners’ at Silverdale have notched up an impressive hat trick of production records. Total weekly output 32.315 tonnes, nearly 5.000 tonnes more than the previous best in December.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 12th 1987 Page 13. Extra.
Mr. Don Hodgkinson manager of Silverdale colliery shakes the hand of Mr. John Reid, manager of Ironbridge power station after unveiling a sign, declaring the twinning of the colliery with the power station.

Evening Sentinel March 4th 1987 Page 9. Extra.
Record breaking pitmen at Silverdale got a pat on the back by British Coal yesterday to commemorate their part breaking the 4 tonne per man productivity level throughout the entire Western area.

Evening Sentinel March 19th 1987 Page 3. Extra.
Photo of miners at Silverdale celebrating after hitting 1m tonnes in a year mark.

Evening Sentinel June 18th 1987 Page 1. C.F.
Two coal wagons were derailed and caused thousands of pounds of damaged after vandals tampered with the track at Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel Jan 30th 1988 Page 1. C.
A 24-hour strike planned by 400 deputies will cost thousands of tonnes of coal production and be a disaster for North Staffs. At Silverdale 100 men were sent home because, deputies, who carry out safety checks, had not reported for work.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 1 1988 Page 1. C.
A 24-hour strike by 400 deputies over a pay claim left North Staffs 4 major collieries at a stand still today. Miners from Hem Heath, Florence, Holditch and Silverdale were sent home with loss of a days’ pay.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 20th 1988. Page 1. Co.
North Staffs deputies were split over their overtime ban. Florence and Holditch, supported the ban, Hem Heath, and Silverdale did not. The dispute began 4 weeks ago with a weekend overtime ban; British Coal reacted by imposing continental duty rosters, at many pits. NACODS hit back with banning overtime at weekends.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 27th 1988 Page 3. Newcastle.
Silverdale colliery have smashed their way through the million tonnes barrier for the second year running, 3 weeks ahead of last year’s performance.

Evening Sentinel April 19th 1988 Page 30 Special
Industrial review. British Coal sinks £50 million into pits, including Hem Heath, Silverdale, Holdtich and Florence. Evening Sentinel May 26th 1988 Page 3. Co.
From January 1st the area’s 4 collieries Hem Heath, Silverdale, Florence and Holditch will become part of the new group, which will include pits in Lancashire and North Wales. Mr. Middleton age 54, the current boss of the Kent coalfield will be group manager for the newly created area.

Evening Sentinel June 1st 1988 Page 9. Co.
A 5 strong team from Silverdale won an award for their skills at first aid at a contest organised by British Coal for pits in the Western area.

Evening Sentinel July 9th 1988 Page 5. Co.
Latest Coal Board figures show two North Staffs collieries among the countries top 20 league of safety high flyers, Hem Heath and Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel Aug. 5th 1988 Page 1. C.
British Coal revealed today that work is to start on a massive £30 m investment to make Silverdale colliery one of the most productive in the West Midlands area.

Evening Sentinel Aug 24th 1988 Page 8. Co.
A safety barrier at a drift mine failed to stop a runaway coal tub, crashing into Mr. H. Crow a jury heard today. The accident happened in February at the Bank Top mine near Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel Sep 13th 1988 Page 3 Newcastle
Proposals to extend a private mine on the outskirts of Newcastle have been branded as totally unacceptable by councillors. The owners of the Little Sheriff pit at Silverdale said it would involve extracting up to a million tonnes coal over the next 30 years.

Evening Sentinel Oct 3rd 1988 Page 1 Newcastle
Miners’ Silverdale have been praised after smashing existing production records. For the first time the pitmen have pushed output beyond 8 tonnes per man in a single shift. Also produced 33.000 tonnes, almost 800 tonnes above the highest previous amount.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 11th 1988 Page 3 Co.
A special safety squad has sent accidents tumbling at Florence colliery. It has maintained a 100% accident free record since the start of a new surface safety push. Page 5. British Coal is installing machinery worth 2.5 million pounds, which will almost double the output of prepared coal from Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel 25th Oct. 1988 Page 11 Co.
A plan to double output from a private pit and create 25 new jobs has been given approval. It gives Apedale Hall colliery Co. a twenty-year extension to mining in Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel Jan. 7th 1989 Page 1. Co.
Phillip Elliott age 34 died in the early hours of this morning after an accident with a dumper truck on an underground roadway at Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel March 14th 1989 Page 14. Moorlands.
British Coal said the closure of Holditch colliery is essential to the future of the mining industry in North Staffs. The three remaining deep mines; Florence, Hem Heath and Silverdale collieries now have a secure long-term future.

Evening Sentinel March 21st 1989 Page 20. Co.
Miners’ at Silverdale have beaten a million tonne productivity target for the third year running. They expect to send output even higher as work on a £30m investment programme begins.

Evening Sentinel June 8th 1989 Page 14. Cheshire
A team of 5 pitmen from Silverdale colliery are the best first aid team in British coal’s North West area. They came out on top following a series of tests over the past 12 months.

Evening Sentinel Sep 5th 1989 Page 1. C.
British Coal are threatening to close Hem Heath colliery and shed more than 2.000 jobs if they are forced to halt mining under a subsidence hit Newstead estate. Page 4. British Coal is to invest £1.5m in a bid to remove noise and dust at Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 23rd 1989 Page 14. Cheshire.
A £1m plus investment in environmental improvements at Silverdale colliery has been given the go a head by councillors who say they have been bombarded with complaints about activities at the pit.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 28th 1989 Page 26. Co.
Families in the pit village of Silverdale claim subsidence problems are turning a brook into a health hazard and causing main pipes to crack. They say the land in Silverdale has dropped 7 feet in the last year.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 20th 1989 Page 45. Newcastle.
A jury at the inquest returned a verdict of an accidental death on Mr. P. Elliott, who was crushed to death by an underground vehicle at Silverdale in January this year.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 21st 1989 Page 18. Newcastle.
A North Staffs miner, David Mellor was today recovering in hospital after falling from a machine while working underground at Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 9th 1989 Page 1. Co.
Miners at Silverdale colliery will strike on Monday in a row over pay. The 24-hour stoppage could bring the pit to a stand still. The votes were 3 to 1 for strike action.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 16th 1989 page 3 Moorlands.
Craftsmen from Silverdale are to hold a mass meeting tomorrow to decide whether to end their dispute with British coal over bonus payments. Hem Heath have banned overtime in a similar dispute. Florence colliery dropped plans for an all out strike after accepting a new offer.

Evening Sentinel Feb 16th 1990 Newcastle Page45
Planning officials in Staffordshire have dismissed claims that Silverdale colliery could close, and the future of silverdale colliery is safe.

Evening Sentinel Mar. 6th 1990 County Page 3
Angry families have told B.C. they will fight plans to turn a huge opencast site near Their houses into a tip for colliery waste. B.C. have applied for permission to put Waste from Silverdale colliery into two voids of 80 acres of High Lane opencast site at Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel Mar. 16th 1990 Newcastle Page45
Planning officials in Staffordshire have dismissed claims that Silverdale colliery could close, and the future of silverdale colliery is safe.

Evening Sentinel March 24th 1990 Cheshire Page17
A N.S. councillor and former Silverdale colliery miner George Cairnes has demanded a statement from the Energy Minister Cecil Parkinson, on the future of Silverdale Colliery.

Evening Sentinel May. 4th 1990 County Page 1.
60 miners stormed out of Silverdale colliery today after a row over bonus payments boiled over, it’s expected to escalate with 1990 another 130 miners joining the dispute later today.

Evening Sentinel May. 4th 1990 City Final Page 1.
A lighting strike at Silverdale colliery ended at lunch time today after Management admitted they had made an error in calculating bonuses.

Evening Sentinel May. 23rd 1990 Cheshire Page 11.
A major? Hangs over the jobs of every pitman in N.S. Sir Robert Haslam is expected to announce more than 6,000 job redundancies, 2,700 at Trentham and Silverdale are expecting the axe to fall on them. (Photo of Silverdale colliery)

Evening Sentinel Jun. 29th 1990 Moorlands Page 1.
Euro cash to the tune of £16 million has been secured for the long term future of Silverdale colliery in a bid to increase output. B.C. is pumping £32.5 million into the major expansion at the colliery.

Evening Sentinel Jul. 11th 1990 County Page 14.
Plans to move huge coal heaps away from homes at Silverdale have been welcomed by families angry at the nuisance from noise and dust, a total of £1.8 million is to be invested in the way coal stocks are handled.

Evening Sentinel Aug. 31st 1990 County Page 41.
Colliery job losses were inevitable after B.C. announced £441 million loss; miners leader George Cairns said there would be job losses at Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel Evening Sentinel Feb. 8th 1991 Page 20.
Joe Wills NUM Midlands Area Secretary said Silverdale colliery could be in jeopardy after British Coal figures revealed that one of two faces at the pit had problems. Unless the figures improved in the next six months, the colliery would be put under review.

Evening Sentinel March 2nd 1991 Page 29 Cheshire.
Silverdale colliery angling society are topping up their 30 peg Furnace pool with Carp, Roach, Bream, Perch and Tench. Their annual meeting will be held at the Vine Inn, Silverdale on April 14th.

Evening Sentinel March 4th 1991 Page 5.
Fresh search for coal reserves is being planned in a bid to protect the future of Silverdale colliery. British Coal are to sink test bore holes at Whitmore Rd. Keel.

Evening Sentinel March 20th 1991 Page 18 Newcastle.
New fears have been voiced that Silverdale colliery faces closure. The pit has been forced to stockpile 8.000 tonnes of coal because power companies are not accepting supplies as they are getting coal from European sources.

Evening Sentinel April 3rd 1991 Co.
Coal chiefs are to be given a strong warning after they contravened strict work patterns at the huge open cast site at Silverdale, after complaints from families that their peace has been shattered by noise from the drilling.

Evening Sentinel Aug. 27th 1991. Page 14.
Angry families are calling on British Coal to control noise and pollution coming from lorries at an open cast site at Silverdale.
Evening Sentinel Sep. 16th 1991 Page 8. Co.
The two remaining coalmines in North Staffs will have new senior management in the next few days. Trentham super pit, (Florence and Hem Heath) and Silverdale are becoming part of Midlands and Wales group.

Evening Sentinel Jan 27th 1992 Page 21. Co.
Councillor Bill Hughes has called for better dust suppression methods at an open cast site in Silverdale, he said it brings misery to families living there.

Evening Sentinel Jan 28th 1992 Page 3. Co.
George Stevenson, Euro MP for Staffordshire East, called on British Coal to come clean on the future of deep coal mining in North Staffs to end the present massive uncertainty in the industry. He believed secret negotiations between British coal and the electricity generating companies would end with just 12 super profitable pits in Britain. He added Silverdale and Trentham would be closed because of government dogma, not because of any desire to improve the industry as a whole.

Evening Sentinel Feb 3rd 1992 Page 6. Co.
Miners at Silverdale celebrated many productivity records. Fred Liegh is looking for miners’ recollections for a new book. He went underground to collect tales from the coalface, dramatic, humorous and tragic.

Evening Sentinel April 11th 1992 Page 2
Mine workers leaders today forecast that the Tory election victory would lead to the demise of the deep coal mining in North Staffs. They predicted Trentham super pit and Silverdale collieries would shut over the next 5 years, as the industry is privatised.

Evening Sentinel July 22nd 1992 page 1 Co.
The future of North Staffordshire remaining pits, Trentham super pit and Silverdale, which currently employs about 3.000 men will be discussed between British Coal and the miners’ union next week.

Evening Sentinel July 23rd 1992 Page 5 Newcastle
Miners at Silverdale have voiced fears or the future of their pit, despite record British coal’s £170 million profit last year. They claim the mine is unlikely to be in operation in two years time.

Evening Sentinel 29th 1992 Page 4 Newcastle
Miners’ leader Joe Wills left a meeting with top British Coal management and declared, we have all got jobs in the future. Trentham super pit has turned the corner, after a difficult patch and Silverdale has been making a profit.

Evening Sentinel Sep 18th 1992 Page 3 Co.
Silverdale is not included in the confidential list of 30 pits that the Dept of Trade and Industry expects British Coal to shut.

Evening Sentinel Sep 19th 1992 Page 3 Extra
Workers at Silverdale today welcomed news that the mine is not on the confidential list of 30 pits to close. But many fear the reprieve is temporary.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 13th 1992 Page 1 Co.
Silverdale colliery is tipped to close within the next 5 months with the loss of 700 jobs. Information leaked to the Sentinel suggests that the colliery will be put on British Coal’s hit list.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 14th 1992 Page 3 Co.
Miners at Trentham and Silverdale are being held to ransom over their redundancy payments by British Coal, union leaders warned today. (Full page article plus page 4 and 5)

Evening Sentinel Oct 14th 1992 Page 1 Moorlands
Today North Staffordshire woke up to the reality that its traditional coal mining industry has been killed off, by the closure of Trentham and Silverdale pits. (Articles on page 3,4, and 5)

Evening Sentinel Oct 15th 1992 Page 1 Cheshire.
A senior Tory MP has accused the government of going “quite doolally” over the decision to close 31 pits, including Trentham and Silverdale in North Staffs.

Evening Sentinel Oct 16th 1992 Page 1 Cheshire
Senior Tory, N. Winterton today urged Priminister John Major to reconsider plans to shut 31 pits. He said the pits including Trentham and Silverdale is unethical, illogical, fool hardy and short sited. (What next for the miners) on page 14 and 15.

Evening Sentinel Oct 29th 1992 Page 3 City
Miners threatened with the jobs axe at Silverdale, are sending 100 pensioners on an all expenses paid trip to Blackpool. Miners’ leaders said it could be the end of the road for such community initiatives if Silverdale colliery closes.

Evening Sentinel Nov 6th 1992 Page 15 Cheshire
A government committee probing pit closures will visit Trentham and Silverdale to speak to miners, part of the inquiry is to probe social and economic costs of pit closures.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 11th 1992 Page 3 Co.
Almost 500 pitmen at Trentham have ignored their unions appeal to stand and fight, have left the industry for good. There are now just over 900 miners on the books at the pit, where coal production has stopped, pending a government inquiry. Page 5 Silverdale was among Britain’s top producing pits last month when plans to shut it were unveiled.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 12th 1992 Page 5 Co.
Miners’ union leader A. Scargill and Shadow Transport Minister John Prescott are to speak at a rally against the proposed closure of Trentham and Silverdale. The rally is at Kings Hall Stoke on Sunday. Page 5 The financial viability of threatened Silverdale colliery will be examined next week.

Evening Sentinel Nov 20th 1992 page 3 Cheshire
Ten miners at Silverdale have taken voluntary redundancy since closure plans were unveiled. The NUM are urging the remaining pitmen to stay and fight for the mines future. Page 10 NUM rally will march through Hanley city centre and on to Hanley Park on December 5th.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 23rd 1992 Page 1 Co.
British Coal was today accused of acting disgracefully after warnings of redundancies were sent out to all 50 of its pits. Silverdale councillor Bill Hughes said the village jobless rate made it even more vital to save the colliery.

Evening Sentinel Nov 25th 1992 Page 17 Cheshire
New mining methods should be introduced to ensure the future of Trentham and Silverdale, says an international expert. Continuous mining would reduce costs to below the price of imported coal.

Dec 4th 1992 Page 1 Special
Angry miners were today given a glimmer of hope for their future. It came as four MPs of an all-party employers select committee visited Silverdale colliery, where protesters had gathered. Miners were told there was always hope of saving the pit. How far the government will listen to us, we don’t know. But nothing is a foregone conclusion.

Evening Sentinel Dec 21st 1992 Page 1 Newcastle
A decision by the government and British Coal to close 31 pits, including Trentham and Silverdale, were ruled unlawful by two High Court judges today.

Sentinel Jan 7th 1993 Page Cheshire
Miners fighting plans to closeSilverdale were today given a gleam of hope that the pit had a future.

Sentinel Jan 18th 1993 Page 3 Co
Miners’ leader A.Scargill has accused the government of “treachery” and “sabotage” over plans to close Trentham andSilverdale collieries.

Sentinel Jan 26th 1993 Page 1 Co
Miners in NorthStaffs are waiting to find out if their pits and jobs will beSaved. A Commons reportSays up to 20 of the 31 pits threatened with closure, among them Trentham andSilverdaleShouldStay open.

Sentinel Feb 4th 1993 Page 9 Cheshire
Pupils fromSneyd HighSchool, Newcastle toured closure threatenedSilverdale colliery, which they have campaigned for. All of the 50 children have relatives who work, or have worked there.

Sentinel Feb 11th 1993 Page 1 Newcastle
Coal production hasSlumped at a critical time in its fight forSurvival atSilverdale colliery. A geological fault has resulted in dropping by half to 15.000 tonnes.

Sentinel Feb 15th 1993 Page 5
Coal production atSilverdale has improved after aSlump, caused by a geological fault, to 20.000 tonnes.

Sentinel Feb 17th 1993 Page 3
Miners’ leader A.Scargill is to address a rally organised by NorthStaffs NUM at ParksiteSocial clubSilverdale, in the wake of proposals to closeSilverdale colliery.

Sentinel Feb 23rd 1993 Page 5 C F
Coal production has improved further atSilverdale, following itsSlump due to a geological fault, to 22.000 tonnes and is expected to get back to normal workingSoon.

Sentinel March 2n 1993 Page 1 Moorlands
British Coal was today accused of considering using miner’s pension money to pay their redundancy checks. The move comes as British Coal plan to axe 31 pits including Trentham andSilverdale.

Sentinel March 3rd 1993 Page 1 Co
More than 7.000 miners have quit the coal industry ahead of the government’s review of its pit closure programme. In NorthStaffs 700 pitmen, just under half the original workforce have left TrenthamSuper pit.

Sentinel March 4th 1993 Page 7 Cheshire
Pitmen at Trentham andSilverdale are joining miners across the country in a ballot tomorrow in a programme of one dayStrikes. Coal production atSilverdale has improved further to 24.000 tonnes.

Sentinel March 5th 1993 Page 3 Moorlands
Pitmen at Trentham andSilverdale collieries are taking part in a national ballot today which could lead to aSeries of one-dayStrikes.

Sentinel March 9th 1993 Page 4 C F
Miners’ atSilverdale colliery today broke through the 1m tonne production barrier today. It comes 3 weeks before the end of the financial year.

Sentinel March 12th 1993 Page 3 Newcastle
Management atSilverdale gave the go-ahead for miners to take voluntary redundancy, 20 pitmen left as the expiry date for enhanced payments of £10.000 extra approached.

Sentinel March 20th 1993 Page 1 L Extra
More than 8.000 pitmen out of a total of 49.000 have left the industrySince the government announced plans for closures last October. Over 700 have left Trentham and 45 leftSilverdale.

Sentinel March 24th 1993 Page 1 Moorlands
Miners’ atSilverdale collieryStarted 2 walkouts today in a row over contractors taking over jobs. Forty men accepted voluntary redundancy and two days laterSigned up to private contractors.

Sentinel March 25th1993 Page 1 C F
InformedSourcesSaid today Trentham colliery is to close immediately andSilverdale will be reprieved for market testing.

Sentinel March 27th 1993 Page 7
A private company could buy Trentham colliery if it eventually closes. RGB has already expressed an interest in buying both Trentham andSilverdale.

Sentinel March 27th 1993 Page 1 L Extra
Miners are quitting jobs with a contracting firm atSilverdale colliery because of hostility from colleagues employed by British Coal.

Sentinel April 1st 1993 Page 4
Miners face a 48 hour overtime ban if theyStrike tomorrow. British Coal officialsSaid They willStop colliers going downSilverdale colliery at the weekend if having been part of the industrial action organised by the NUM.

Sentinel April 2nd 1993 Page 3 C F
Union leaders at reprievedSilverdale colliery today claim fullSupport for a one dayStrike in protest at the government’s closure plans.Some UDM members passed the low key picket line, but NUMSupport was 100%

Sentinel April 5th 1993 Page 3 Newcastle
Management atSilverdale were today deciding the fate of a face at the pit which has been hit by a geological fault. The face reduced production from 4.500 tonnes in October, to 2.000 tonnes in February.

Sentinel April 6th 1993 Page 1 Co
Furious NUM officials today accused British Coal of plotting toShutSilverdale colliery. Mr. Jim DowlingSecretary of the Power Group,Said it’s a ploy to destroy the moral of the men, making it easier to close the pit.

Sentinel April 16th 1993 Page 3 Cheshire
Solidarity in the miners’ dispute atSilverdale colliery began to crack today as around 6 miners crossed the picket line. Miners across the country were taking part in theSecond 24 hourStoppage as the government reprieved just 12 pits out of the 31 on the closure list.

Sentinel April 17th 1993 Page 3 Extra
Miners’ leaders claimed Management intimidation was to blame for a crack in theSolidarity of the pitStrike atSilverdale colliery. The management areStopping their overtime and have told them theStoppage will affect their redundancy payments.

Sentinel May 8th 1993 Page 1 Extra
Silverdale colliery has won aSlice of a 40m tonne contract which could keep the threatened pit in full production until April 1994.

Sentinel May 29th 1993 Page 2 L Extra
Production atSilverdale’s newest face has got underway, it was revealed today. It is expected to boost production to 28.000 tonnes a week.

Sentinel June 18th1993 Page 3 Co
Coal production atSilverdale colliery’s newest face has crashed after hitting a geological fault. British CoalSay only 240 tonnes has been produced.

Sentinel June 19th 1993 Page 1 Extra
Anger at confusion reigned today atSilverdale as British Coal categorically denied persistent reports thatSilverdale was to close. Closure couldSound the death knell for deep mining in NorthStaffs and mean more than 2.000 mining jobs wiped out of the area.

Sentinel June 21st 1993 Page 3 Co
Miners’ leaders are convinced thatSilverdale colliery is being primed forSale to the privateSector. NUM officials have accused British Coal of trying to panic miners into quitting.

Sentinel July 7th 1993 Page 5 C F
Production atSilverdale’s newest face is back to normal after miners’ overcame a geological problem.

Sentinel Aug 13th 1993 Page 7 Cheshire
British Coal is asking for bid from companies toStrip equipment worth £6m from Trentham colliery. (Same page.)Silverdale is fighting its way back to full production after overcoming geological faults on its newest face.

Sentinel Aug 16th 1993 Page 1 Co
Silverdale and Littleton collieries couldShut before Christmas. A hit list of 15 mines earmarked for closure was revealed in a leaked British Coal document. (More on Page 10 Aug 17th)

SentinelSep 2nd 1993 Page 1 Co
New doubts have been cast over the future ofSilverdale colliery after British Coal admitted there were no new markets for coal. Andrew Horsler, the market director refused to guarantee the future ofSilverdale colliery and 9 other pits which are being market tested.

SentinelSep 17th 1993 Page 1 Co
Miners’ jobs atSilverdale were under threat after British coal ordered drastic cuts in production. British CoalSays the figure must beSlashed to 850.000 tonnes annually, from over a million tonnes.

SentinelSep 22nd 1993 Page 17 Cheshire
The government’s announcement toSell off British coal todaySparked off new fears of job loses and pit closures.Silverdale colliery, with others is likely to beSold off in a package deal.

Sentinel Oct 12th 1993 Page 3 Co
British Coal chairman Neil Clarke today warned the remaining closure threatened pits, includingSilverdale willShut. I can’t be optimistic, I can’t hold out false optimism for theSurvival of any of those pits.

Sentinel Oct 13th 1993 Page 1 Co
Up to 160 jobs could be axed in the next 6 weeks atSilverdale colliery. British Coal confirmed jobs would go when coal cutting is halted in the Burntwood face.

Sentinel Oct 16th 1993 Page 4 Cheshire
A new report claims today thatSilverdale colliery is being fattened up for privatisation because bosses have delayed the mining of a million tonnes of premium coal

Sentinel Oct 21st 1993 Page 3 Cheshire
Miner’s leader A.Scargill has warned thatSilverdale colliery has moved aStep closer to closure. A package of measures was unveiled Energy Minister Tim Eggar yesterday which appeared toSound the death knell for the pit and the privatisation of the rest of the industry. (More on page 14)

Sentinel Oct 22nd 1993 Page 10
NorthStaffsSeemsSet to loose the last of its deep coal mines. Experts fear the mining industry could be reduced to no more than 12 pits, following privatisation next year and the future ofSilverdale, despiteStringent cost-cutting measures, goes gloomier by the week.

Sentinel Nov 10th 1993 Page 5 C F
Fears for the future ofSilverdale were growing today after British CoalSounded the death knell for three Yorkshire pits.

Sentinel Nov 16th 1993 Page 1 Newcastle
Silverdale pit was put under a cloud today. The last remaining deep coal mine in NorthStaffs could be closed by Friday it was feared, which could mean that 600 pitmen could find themselves on the jobsScrapheap. (Full pageSpread on Aug 17th page 14)

Sentinel Nov 19th 1993 Page 1 C F
Silverdale colliery is to cease coal production from Friday December 3rd it was announced today. British coalSealed the fate of the last remaining NorthStaffs pit at a meeting at the Post House Hotel, Clayton. Joe wills NUMSaid it is utterly disgusting that we are now losing a very good pit, a pit that is profitable with 25m tonnes of reserves.

Sentinel Nov 20th 1993 Page 1 Extra
Union leaders atSilverdale colliery today vowed to fight British coal’s plans to close the pit. (Miners’ reactions page 3) Diary of despair on Pages 4 & 5.

Sentinel Nov 26th 1993 Page 1 Co
Miners’ atSilverdale colliery have been offered a £7,000Sweetener to quit the pit it was revealed today.

Sentinel Nov 29th 1993 Page 3 Co
Miners’ at closure threatenedSilverdale colliery will vote this week on whether to fight for the future of the pit. They discussed their future at a meeting at ParksiteSocial club.

Sentinel Dec 2nd 1993 Page 1 Co
Miners’ atSilverdale have voted overwhelmingly to close their pit. They agreed to accept an enhanced redundancy package instead of fighting British Coal’s closure plans. Miners will clock off for the last time on December 11th.

Sentinel Dec 3rd 1993 Page 10 & 11
“Spotlight onSilverdale” A two pageSpread on theStory and lead up to the closure. December 3rd Pages 1,10 and 11 Co.

Sentinel Dec 7th 1993 Page 9
Article on new King coal, Mr. Edwards is planning to control one fifth of all deep mined coal, includingSilverdale and Trentham.

Sentinel Dec 13th 1993 Page 5 Moorlands
A poignant messageScrawled on theSide of wagons forming the last coal train to leaveSilverdale colliery. They dubbed the train the “SadSackSpecial”.

Sentinel Dec 15th 1993 Page 18
The collapse of the NorthStaffs mining industry has helped underline the areas long-term employment problems. More than two thousand miners have lost their jobs at Trentham andSilverdale.

Sentinel Dec 22nd 1993 Page 3 Co
Silverdale and Littleton collieries, which close this month with the loss of 1.000 jobs, have been offered for lease and licence to the privateSector.

Sentinel Dec 29th 1993 Page 4 Newcastle
A British Coal executive, John Longdon, who presided over the close ofSilverdale colliery, was today tipped as a possible leader of a management buyout of the rest of the mining industry includingSilverdale.

Sentinel Dec 31st 1993 Page 3 L Extra
British Coal is planning toSink a new open cast mine just yards away from theShut downSilverdale colliery.

Sentinel Jan 5th 1994 Page 14 Cheshire
A former Staffs miner who published his first novel at the ahe of 87 has died. Harold Brown was a pit boy 70 years ago after being born in Victoria St. Silverdale in 1906.

Sentinel Jan 5th 1994 Page 3 Moorlands
Private buyers are showing interest in taking over two Staffordshire pits it was revealed today, Silverdale and Littleton.

Sentinel Jan 20th 1994 Page 10 Cheshire
Generous Silverdale miners have handed over £3.050 to families bidding to launch a new youth club and community centre.

Sentinel Jan 21st 1994 Page 1 Newcastle
Private buyers have shown considerable interest in taking over Silverdale colliery British Coal revealed today. But the company set to take over Hem Heath, Edward Energy, has pulled out of the race for Silverdale.

Sentinel March 2nd 1994 Page 5 Moorlands
British Coal confirmed today it had received tenders from private firms wishing to restart production at Silverdale colliery.

Sentinel March 24th 1994 Page 1 Co
Former pitmen snubbed a rally at Silverdale colliery to mark the 10th anniversary of the miners’ strike. The low turnout was blamed on the despondency in the pit village following the closure of of the mine 3 months ago. (More on page 5)

Sentinel March 26th 1994 Page 4 L E
J.A. Knight has been granted permission to work a new coal seam at Haying Wood colliery, Silverdale for the next 15 years.

Sentinel March 28th Page 13 Cheshire
A private mining company poised to takeover Hem Heath colliery is in the running for neighbouring Silverdale it was revealed today.

Sentinel April 4th 1994 Page 10 Extra
Full page spread. From the stroke of midnight tonight the future of coal in the North Staffs coal field will be in the hands of Malcolm Edwards as he takes over the running of Hem Heath. He is now hoping to add Silverdale colliery to his growing coal empire.

Sentinel April 9th 1994 Page 1 Extra
Miners could be back producing coal at Silverdale colliery by January next year it was revealed today, creating 300 new jobs.

Sentinel May 16th 1994 Page 8 Cheshire .
Although Silverdale may survive on a small scale, its already been decided to establish a permanent memorial to 150 years of mining in the village.

Sentinel 15th 1994 Page 9 Cheshire
A memorial is to be built to commemorate the days of gone by days of mining in Silverdale.

Sentinel 22nd June 1994 Page 4 Co .
Former British Coal director Malcolm Edwards could make the final decision to take over Silverdale colliery within the next 4 weeks.

Sentinel 23rd June 1994 Page 28 Business .
Relatives of pitmen who lost their lives at Silverdale colliery are being rged to come forward as part of a plan to erect a memorial.

Sentinel 23rd June 1994 Page 4 Co .
A company to take over the axed Silverdale colliery has launched a recruitment drive.

Sentinel 29th June 1994 Page 4 Moorlands
Coal Investments Co. Expect to sign lease and licence agreements with British Coal on July 18th. The gates of Silverdale were locked on December 3rd with the loss of 650 jobs.

Sentinel 30th June 1994 Page 11 Cheshire
A new bid to open the doomed Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum has been dashed by energy minister Tim Eggar. (Same page.) Hundreds of pitmen have joined the scramble for jobs at Silverdale colliery. They plan to take on 140 men by the end of the year.

Sentinel 2nd July 1994 Page 5 Extra
Silverdale could be in for a multi million pound upgrade as Malcolm Edwards clinched a take-over deal. The cash will come from a £7.5m stock market bid by his company.

Sentinel 6th July 1994 Page 4 Newcastle
Malcolm Edwards, the man who opened Hem Heath has started to recruit miners to re-launch coal cutting at Silverdale colliery.

Sentinel 21st July 1994 Page 14 Cheshire
A new era has dawned at Silverdale colliery with Malcolm Edwards taking on the 200 year old site. His company has identified 90m tonnes of coal reserves and will lease the site until 2009.

Sentinel 22nd July 1994 Page 20 Cheshire
Work starts again to carry on 150 years of tradition of coal mining at Silverdale. Yesterday the miners’ finished their first shift.

Sentinel 11th Aug 1994 Page 5 Moorlands
Up to 200 miners could be working at reopened Silverdale colliery by November it was revealed today.

Sentinel 12th 1994 Page 1
Miners’ at Hem Heath and Silverdale collieries are set to reap a cash bonus after share value rose. They currently pay up to a third of their wages in shares.

Sentinel 24th Sep 1994 Page 3 Extra
Smoked salmon and chandeliers greeted miners at the re-opening of Silverdale colliery, Lord Ezra performed he ceremony.

Sentinel 3rd Oct 1994 Page 10 Cheshire
Silverdale is tripling its workforce to meet orders from National Power. A planned expansion at the colliery is now almost complete.

Sentinel 13th Oct 1994 Page 33
Silverdale colliery is to boost its workforce by 30 to bring the total workforce at the pit to 180.

Sentinel 16th Nov 1994 Page 32 Business
Coal Investments, the company that runs Hem Heath and Silverdale collieries, has reported an operating loss for the first half year of £10.2 m.

Sentinel 24th Nov 1994 Page 38 News in focus
Full page article on Silverdale colliery, Poised to erect a Stirling memorial to the pit.

Sentinel 2nd Dec 1994 Page 23 Cheshire
Miners’ at Silverdale colliery were given new jobs as pantomime stars, when TV star Keith Ghegwin dropped in, for them to play in Snow white.

Sentinel 5th Dec 1994 Page 5 Moorlands
Management at Silverdale colliery predicted a bright future for the mine on the anniversary of its closure.

Evening Sentinel 8th Feb 1995 Page 7 CF
Back on the rails, as the first railroad of coal chugs out of Silverdale colliery, to start a new era in the life of the revitalised mine.

Evening Sentinel 27th Feb 1995 Page 3 CF
Shooting is to begin in the next few days, on new celluloid spectacular, staring photogenic ex-miners of Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel 27th Feb 1995 Page 8 Cheshire
Joseph Cook was a Silverdale pit boy who became Prime Minister of Australia; he was also the only coal miner from North Staffs to be depicted on a postage stamp.

Evening Sentinel 16th March 1995 Page 17 Cheshire
Mining mogul Malcolm Edwards has vowed to back a memorial to celebrate the history and re-birth of Silverdale colliery, with a donation estimated at about £15.000

Evening Sentinel 17th March 1995 Page 5 CF
Silverdale colliery has secured a lucrative deal with British Steel to supply 3.000 tonnes of coal a week for the next 18 months.

Evening Sentinel 22nd March 1995 Page 22 Ind. Review
Hem Heath and Silverdale collieries were the first of 5 which now comprise the production capacity of “Coal Investments”

Evening Sentinel 17th April 1995 Page 9 Extra
Newcastle Mayor Betty Caddy received a set of rare stamps for the Borough’s museum depicting Sir Joseph Cook, a Silverdale miner who rose to become the Prime Minister of Australia.

Evening Sentinel 25th April 1995 Page 7 Cheshire
The company that owns Hem Heath and Silverdale collieries has taken over its final pit from British Coal. It now operates 6 former British Coal pits and a share in 1 in Scotland.

Evening Sentinel 24th May 1995 Page 34 Business
Hem Heath and Silverdale pits are successfully digging to markets which British Coal failed to exploit. Coal Investment’s success stems from seeking possible markets and the producing the coal that is required.

Evening Sentinel 6th July 1995 Page 19 Cheshire
A statue to the men, who worked at Silverdale colliery, is to be enlarged after fears it would go unnoticed by passes by.

Evening Sentinel 17th July 1995 Page 1 Staffs
The Lord Mayor of London, Sir Christopher Walford put on his hard hat on for a whistle stop underground tour of Hem Heath colliery. His wife Lady Anne is the grand daughter of Silverdale miner John Viggars, visited Silverdale colliery today

Evening Sentinel 19th July 1995 Page 1 Newcastle
Pitmen at Silverdale colliery, dubbed unprofitable by the government two years ago, have produced 500.000 tonnes of coal since it opened.

Evening Sentinel 26th July 1995 Page 34+35 Business
Why are pits, that were once condemn, Hem Heath and Silverdale, now going from strength to strength.

Evening Sentinel 2nd Aug 1995 Page 1 City
Joe Wills North Staffs NUM said, miners at Hem Heath and Silverdale are working “long shifts for low pay” and Malcolm Edwards should give them a decent living wage.

Evening Sentinel 21st Aug 1995 Page 8 City
When Pinewood studios made a feature film about a Welch mining village in 1939, many of the extras were miners’ from Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel 5th Sep 1995 Page 1 City
A miner has died after suffering leg injuries in an accident at Silverdale colliery. Robert Harley age 31 died yesterday after being hurt while operating an underground bunker.

Evening Sentinel 20th Dec 1995 Page 5 News
Coal Investments, which owns Hem Heath and Silverdale collieries, has suspended dealings on its shares pending refinancing talks. ( page 4) Hem Heath pitfalls victim to village subsidence fears.

Evening Sentinel 27th Dec 1995 Page 1 Extra
Silverdale colliery has battled against production problems, only 8.000 tonnes of coal per week is being produced since the exhaustion of their main seam last week.

Evening Sentinel 3rd Jan 1996 Page 27 Business
Volunteer miners’ working their Christmas break produced £750.000 worth of fuel at Hem Heath and Silverdale collieries.

Evening Sentinel 8th Jan 1996 Page 3 Cheshire
After more than 100 years service, 4 canaries at Silverdale colliery have been made redundant. They will stay at the pit till the end of their natural lives, cared for by the lamp house staff.

Evening Sentinel 2nd Feb 1996 Page 1 Special
Hem Heath and Silverdale collieries are to be put up for sale as administrators battle to save the last two deep mines in North Staffs.

Evening Sentinel 8th Feb 1996 Page 4 North
Miners’ at threatened Silverdale colliery are confident they can secure their futures after breaking all productivity records. But the future of Hem Heath looks bleak as industrial experts claim it needs a massive investment.

Evening Sentinel 9th Feb 1996 Page 9 Moorlands
Newcastle MP Llin Golding claims administrators brought in to take over the running of “Coal Investments”, which own Silverdale colliery are pleased with the mines performance.

Evening Sentinel 13th Feb 1996 Page 5 Newcastle
Miners’ at Silverdale colliery have re-launched work to bring a new seam into production at the pit. There is 1.2 million tonne of reserves.

Evening Sentinel 23rd Feb Page 4 North
The future of Hem Heath and Silverdale collieries was looking brighter today after MPs met the administrators in the House of Commons to discuss the viability of Hem Heath and Silverdale pits.

Evening Sentinel 27th Feb 1996 Page 7 CF
A management team from failed “Coal Investments” is putting together a bid to buy Silverdale colliery it was revealed today.

Evening Sentinel 7th March 1996 Page 14 Cheshire
Organisers of a tribute to the mining history of Silverdale want to trace the identity of the men who perished down the pit.

Evening Sentinel 19th March 1996 Page 1 City ?br New equipment worth £1.2 m is to be installed at Silverdale colliery, bringing fresh hope the mine will be saved from closure.

Evening Sentinel 19th April 1996 Page 4 North
Miners’ at Hem Heath and Silverdale were warned their shares are likely to be worthless.

Evening Sentinel 22nd April 1996 Page 1 City
A consortium headed by Newcastle united football chairman John Hall, is considering buying Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel 26th April 1996 Page 1 City
Former “Coal Investments” John Warwick is among a consortium bidding to take over Hem Heath and Silverdale collieries.

Evening Sentinel 23rd May 1996 Page 4 City
Silverdale colliery has taken on an extra 21 men from the doomed Hem Heath pit.

Evening Sentinel 30th May 1996 Page 1 City
Equipment worth £1.5 m is being installed to increase production at Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel 31st May 1996 Page 13 Cheshire
Two years of funding and research will come to fruition next week with the unveiling of a tribute to the mining history of Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel 8th June 1996 Page 21 Relax
An article by John Abberley, on mining at Silverdale include the names of those killed, are inscribed on a memorial unveiled today.

Evening Sentinel 10th June 1996 Page 10 Cheshire
The future of Silverdale colliery is guaranteed for the next 10 years, according to its new owners.

Evening Sentinel 10th June 1996 Page 7 News
More that 1.500 people tuned up in the blazing sunshine to watch a tribute to a village’s mining past unveiled at Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel 12th Sep 1996 Page 9 North
A row on bonus payments at Silverdale colliery could be settled by workers being balloted on industrial action. The men are being forced to work 7 days a week to qualify for full bonus payments.

Evening Sentinel 14th Sep 1996 Page L Extra
Miners’ at Silverdale are about to hold talks tomorrow to decide whether to go ahead with a ballot over industrial action. They want incentive payments on 5 days a week not 7.

Evening Sentinel 16th Sep 1996 Page 5 North
Miners’ at Silverdale colliery have called off today’s planned ballot over industrial action at the 11th hour. The management have tabled 3 alternative schemes in a bid to resolve the row.

Evening Sentinel 9th Dec 1996 Page 4 North
The businessman heading the consortium to save Hem Heath colliery is considering legal action against Electricity Company for pulling out of a deal to buy coal from the pit. Same page, Workers of the Little Sheriff mine, Silverdale said the news of their pit closure came as a bolt out of the blue.

Evening Sentinel 15th Jan 1997 Page 7 Moorlands
The failure of a bid to take over Hem Heath colliery has led to the closure of another pit. Little Sheriff pit, Silverdale has been pot up for sale by the liquidators after it closed in December with the loss of 39 jobs.

Evening Sentinel 27th Jan 1997 Page 4 North
Managers at Silverdale colliery have dismissed fears that the pit could close within the next 5 years.

Evening Sentinel 7th March 1997 Page 9 Newcastle
Pit officials sparked a row with villagers at Silverdale after announcing plans to raise the height of the colliery waste tip by 45 feet.

Evening Sentinel 5th May 1997 Page 7 Special
Angry residents from Alsagers Bank are fighting plans from Silverdale colliery to raise the height of spoil mounds to 45 metres.

Evening Sentinel 6th May 1997 Page 7 Moorlands
A tribute to miners’ who perished around Silverdale has been completed. It was officially unveiled last June, but the names of the 141 victims over the last 123 years were not fitted.

Evening Sentinel 2nd June 1997 Page 3 Cheshire
Hundreds of families are fighting a move by Silverdale colliery to dump thousands of tonnes of spoil near their homes. Colliery managers say it could save 400 jobs at the pit.

Evening Sentinel 26th June 1997 Page 11 Cheshire
Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, will be asked to intervene in a dispute over tipping colliery waste from Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel 7th Aug 1997 Page City
Management at Silverdale colliery have branded as “Commercially useless” an offer to dump spoil in the neighbouring High Lane void.

Evening Sentinel 11th Oct 1997 Page 9 Cheshire
North Staffs only remaining deep coal mine Silverdale, has been forced to write off 3m tonnes of its coal reserves because of serious geological problems.

Evening Sentinel 11th Oct 1997 Page 9 Cheshire
North Staffs only remaining deep coal mine Silverdale, has been forced to write off 3m tonnes of its coal reserves because of serious geological problems.

Evening Sentinel 25th Nov 1997 Page 13 Cheshire
The profitability of North Staffs only deep coal mine, Silverdale could be put under threat, by proposed environmental regulations.

Evening Sentinel 1st December 1997 Page 4 City
Owners of Silverdale colliery are today emerging as front runners in a bid to save 5 pits from closing.

Evening Sentinel 10th Feb 1998 Page 8 and 9
Today the bombshell dropped that Silverdale colliery was to close in September and loss over 300 jobs. Workers were given 90 days warning of redundancy yesterday as they came off shift.

Evening Sentinel 11th Feb 1998 Page 3 Cheshire
There is nothing romantic about being the last of a long line of miners. Its a case of getting on with your life, reflects Darren McClaren, contemplating being laid off at Silverdale. Plus a list of mine closures since 1957.

Evening Sentinel 11th Feb 1998 Page 3 Business Week
Having survived the upheavals of the mining industry over the last 20 years, it is the mine’s poor geological profile which has finally sealed the lid on Silverdale’s future.

Evening Sentinel 11th Feb 1998 Page 1 Newcastle
A union leader and employment service clashed today over job prospects of miners being made redundant from Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel 11th Feb 1998 Page 29 Business Week
Workers at Silverdale colliery have been warned there is little prospect of their mine being saved. (Full page)

Evening Sentinel 12th Feb 1998 Page 1 North
The NUM is trying to draw up a rescue package for the closure threatened Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel 13th Feb 1998 Page 9 City
Staffordshire County Council is to call on the government to hold an inquiry into the proposed closure of Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel 14th Feb 1998 Page 5 Extra
Shoppers queued to back a campaign launched yesterday by the “Women against pit closures” to save Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel 16th Feb 1998 Page 7 Newcastle
Rescue plans for the threatened Silverdale colliery were being discussed today at a private meeting.

Evening Sentinel 17th Feb 1998 Page 7 Cheshire
Miner’s leaders are trying to win a five month reprieve for Silverdale colliery in the hope that a buyer can be found.

Evening Sentinel 20th Feb 1998 Page 19 Cheshire
Newcastle Borough Council have a campaign to save Silverdale colliery. It is supporting the fight by the NUM to find a war of averting the shutdown.

Evening Sentinel 21st Feb 1998 Page 13 News
The disused colliery line branded as “Blight” which runs from Silverdale to Holditch is to be transformed into a landscape pathway for walkers and cyclists.

Evening Sentinel 27th Feb 1998 Page 1 City
Families have vowed to fight any plans for open casting at Silverdale colliery. A specialist open cast firm had applied for details about the struggling pit. (more on page 4 )

Evening Sentinel 17th March 1998 Page 4 CF
The closure of Silverdale colliery moved a step closer today, a 28 day deadline set for a prospective new owner to come forward, came and went with no expressions of interest.

Evening Sentinel 30th March 1998 Page 5 North
An appeal has gone to the government for £1m more regeneration money to cushion the impact of potential job loses at Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel 22nd April 1998 Page 5 North
Silverdale colliery will defiantly close later this year it was disclosed today. The deadline for companies interested in taking over the last deep pit in North Staffs passed today with no takers.

Evening Sentinel 22nd May 1998 Page 14 News Focus
From his Burslem office Joe Wills is watching over the steady decline of the NUM. He has 350 members compared to around 14.000 in 1988 and by the end of the year, when Silverdale closes the Midland’s office will face closure.

Evening Sentinel 8th June 1998 Page 9 News
Energy Minister John Battle has turned down pleas to meet a delegation fighting to throw a survival life-line to Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel 12th June 1998 Page 24 Cheshire
Silverdale colliery NUM chief last night declared “we are as good as shut and bulldozed”.

Evening Sentinel 13th Aug 1998 Page 9 Newcastle
Workers at the doomed Silverdale colliery are shunning offers of new mining jobs in Nottingham because it is too far to travel. Production will stop at Silverdale in October.

Evening Sentinel 22nd Aug 1998 Page 9 Extra
The Apedale mine in Chesterton will finish next week. Apedale has been forced to close because it is connected to Silverdale colliery underground and will be flooded when the larger mine ends production.

Evening Sentinel 9th Nov 1998 Page 17 News
Silverdale colliery may be kept open for another two months because of production problems. The manager said the mine will not close until we have brought up the amount of mineral required.

Evening Sentinel 11th Sep Page 23
The Government have refused to step in to save Silverdale colliery from closure despite campaigners taking the fight to Downing St.

Evening Sentinel 23rd Sep 1998 Page 5 North
A bid has been made to secure extra government aid to cushion the impact of the closure of Silverdale colliery. The pit is due to cease production at the end of the year with the loss of 340 jobs.

Evening Sentinel 25th Sep 1998 Page 1 North
A miner is fighting for his life after being crushed by a tonne of coal at Silverdale. He has severe crush injuries and is very poorly, his name is Neville Bloore age 37.

Evening Sentinel 26th Sep 1998 Page 1 Extra
Dr Hussain spoke today how he battled to inflate the lungs of Neville Bloore who was crushed at Silverdale colliery yesterday, 5 miles underground.

Evening Sentinel 7th Oct 1998 Page 8 North
A former railway station at Silverdale has been bulldozed and will be rebuilt at the Apedale mining heritage site.

Evening Sentinel 11th Dec 1998 Page 14 Cheshire
Dr. Lativ Hussain and Staffordshire ambulance staff received bravery awards for their work in rescuing Neville Bloor age 37 after he was crushed in a fall of ground at the Silverdale colliery on September 25th.

Evening Sentinel 24th Dec 1998 Page 1 Special
The last shift at Silverdale colliery came up today marking the end of almost 200 years of mining in the village. (More on page 8 and 9)

Evening Sentinel 26th Dec 1998 Page 8 Special
Nicula Dowling visits a village in mourning. The closure of its colliery, miners young and old are to gather for a poignant reunion to mark the final closure of Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel 19th Jan??? 1999 Page 1 North
Forty former Silverdale miners who found jobs in a Nottinghamshire pit 6 months ago, are to lose their jobs, some for the third time.

Evening Sentinel 26th Feb 1999 Page 5 North
About 100 former Silverdale miners have found new jobs after receiving training with a £100,000 windfall.

Evening Sentinel 14th April 1999 Page 2 Newcastle F
An exhibition will run from Saturday to May 30th of photos about Silverdale colliery to make its closure last December. Scenes from above and underground were taken by 4 photographers. ?p Evening Sentinel 31st July 1999 Page 16 Newcastle First
A waste firm is considering bringing the former Silverdale colliery rail line back into use if controversial tipping plans are given the go ahead.

Evening Sentinel 24th Aug 1999 Page 3 Cheshire
The story of Joseph Cook, the pit boy from Silverdale who became Prime Minister of Australia in 1913 has been chosen as part of a series celebrating 100 years of Federal Government in Australia.

Evening Sentinel 10th Sep 1999 Page 5 Cheshire
Plans have been unveiled to transform the former Silverdale colliery into a small industrial estate creating 210 jobs.

Evening Sentinel 30th Sep 1999 Page 12 Newcastle First
Plans to redevelop the site of former Silverdale colliery are set to give the go ahead. The £750.000 scheme will create 210 jobs.

Evening Sentinel 7th Oct 1999 Page 26 News
Plans to turn the former Silverdale colliery into a millennium village attracting millions of pounds have moved a step further.

Evening Sentinel 8th Oct 1999 Page 116 News
The mining village, Silverdale where they came from dose not have a pit anymore but the Daleian singers are still singing as loud and proud as they were 40 years ago.

Evening Sentinel 9th Oct 1999 Page 2 Newcastle
The Daleien male voice choir is celebrating its roots with a millennium musical history of the former mining village of Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel 8th Dec 1999 Page 42 Business Week
When Colin Davies was a pit pony driver at Silverdale colliery and other pits, he always new that one day he would be rich and successful. Today age 59 he is a millionaire. (Full page story)

Evening Sentinel 31st Dec 1999 Page 38 Millennium 2
The closure of Silverdale colliery last year marked far more than just the end of North Staffs mining industry. In the days when coal was King, the region had more than 20 pits, employed more than 40.000 men and was considered the nations powerhouse.

Evening Sentinel 13th Jan 2000 Page 13 Cheshire
The industrial face of North Staffordshire has changed beyond all recognition Steel works, Ceramics, Textiles and Coal. The last mine, Silverdale colliery closed on Christmas Eve 1998 marking the end of a period of decline started in the 1960s.

Evening Sentinel 15th June 2000 Page 16 News
The people of Silverdale have had just about enough with dust and noise, colliery, marl holes, open casting, , now the local authority wants to turn part of Silverdale colliery into a pioneering gas power plant.

Evening Sentinel 22nd June 2000 Page 3 Cheshire
Campaigners are launching a petition of plans to convert part of Silverdale colliery into a pioneering gas power plant.

Evening Sentinel 6th Sep 2000 Page 5 CF
Miners’ leader has pledged to support residence campaign to stop a proposal to generate electricity by burning coal underground at Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel 16th Sep 2000 Page 10 Newcastle
A County Councillor is demanding talks with the coal Authority over the regeneration of the former Silverdale colliery site after plans for a gasification scheme was dropped.

Evening Sentinel 19th Sep 2000 Page 2 CF
Coal Authority bosses are being urged to transfer the ownership of the former Silverdale colliery site, to Stafford County Council.

Evening Sentinel 7th Oct 2000 Page 3 F
The Coal Authority is prepared to sell large parts of Silverdale colliery sites to pave the way for the creation of new jobs.

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