Tag: andra

Interesting Correspondence, 1903

Some interesting correspondence from Blantyre Miners’ champion Andra McAnulty which shows how outspoken he could be. He wrote in 1903 to the editor of the Labour Leader Magazine: “The following correspondence explains itself : Dear Comrade,—Enclosed you will find a printed circular inviting me, as a member of the District Committee of the County Council, […]

1947 Watching the NCB Flag get hoisted

I love this brilliant picture, taken from a film recently shown to me. Pictured in 1947, in exceptional clarity is Dixons Pit 3 at Priestfield High Blantyre. There are SO many people from Blantyre in this picture and I’m hoping some readers recognise people. The large crowd assembled on 6th January 1947 are watching the […]

Old War Horse still going strong

In 1947 when the National Coal Board was launched throughout the Nation’s existing collieries, Andra McAnulty was described nicely by the now defunct Blantyre Gazette. As he unfurled the National Coal Board flag at Dixon’s Colliery in High Blantyre, the paper said “This old war horse still going strong.” At the time Andra was 86 years […]