Pits, Ponies, People and Stories

Pits, Ponies, People and Stories Aug 2015

Pits, Ponies, People and Stories Aug 2015

Out this week is a fantastic new children’s book called, “Pits, Ponies, People and Stories.”

Its a project that has taken over 2 years to develop involving many hundreds of children and volunteers. It is beautifully illustrated and written in a way children will understand. Bound with a quality hardback cover, it tells the mining heritage of South Lanarkshire, including stories, poems and pictures about Blantyre.

I received my copy last week (thanks to a particular councillor for sending me it out by post !; ). You can get YOUR copy for FREE, simply by picking it up at the David Livingstone Centre.


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  1. I would love to receive a copy of this children’s book Pits, Ponies, People and Stories but I live in Kent, England. Being a frail doddery 85 year old makes a visit to the David Livingstone Centre impossible. I am happy to pay any postage.

    My interest is because my ancestors were coal miners in the area.

    Alan Eadie, 70 Northdown Road, Longfield, DA3 7QW

    1. HI Alan. Thanks for your message. This book unfortunately isn’t available from David Livingstone Centre anymore after the National Trust for Scotland left and handed management of the museum and gift shop over to others. I’m not too sure where it can be bought now, but will try to find out more. Sorry.

      1. Hi Paul,

        Many thanks for your reply. If you can establish how I can purchase a copy I would be most obliged.


        1. Alan – did a bit of digging around there and see this book was being managed by the local council. I have some contact details from 2015 for who was involved and sure (assuming they’re still there at the council offices) these people would be able to help. Here’s the contact details.
          Jenny Hunter, Heritage Development Officer
          Phone: 01555 895192
          Email: gw14hunterjenny@glow.sch.uk

          and Pamela McIntyre, Volunteer Co-ordinator
          Phone: 01555 895192
          Email: gw14mcintyrepamela@glow.sch.uk Hope this helps.

          1. Paul,

            Many thanks. I will pursue your suggested contacts. Appreciated.


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