Tag: ncb

William Small – Trade Unionist

  I’ve seen a few inaccurate reports about Mr. William Small, the trade unionist, largely due to errors and misunderstandings because his son was ALSO a trade unionist called William B Small. I’ve set out to make a correct entry online about William Small, as follows: Small Mr. William – b1845 – d1903 was a […]

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 […]