beside the seaside.
Once a year, the Miners Welfare would have a day trip to the seaside. This would have been a real experience for my mum and her family as they didn't have holidays. I don't know if this is Blackpool or Bridlington, but my mum and grandma are back left. Grandma's friends are Annie Andrews (whom I remember just looking EXACTLY the same) front left with her son Reginald and Clara Dawson (widowed early - I knew her too) next but one in the dark coat with a brooch - just look at their beaming faces!! These ladies would have been mid 30's in this photo - a fact that I find very hard to digest.
Here they are again - minus Reginald. Clara (2nd right) always acted as though she was "a cut above the rest" according to my mum (although the birthday presents she gave were always recycled - I remember Mama's laughing wickedly about this fact!). In later years, Mamas, Annie, Clara and Mrs Eastwood (white coat) used to clean at the colliery offices and I used to sometimes accompany them of an evening. They had enormous fun every evening and played the most wicked tricks on each other - night after night. I remember one evening my Gran dressing as a bloke and standing in the urinals as Clara (the widow) was about to clean them. How she jumped and screamed! They all laughed so much that pelvic floors were tested and failed! I don't know anyone who had as much fun at work.