Old photo recalls when Boothstown Mines Rescue Station team were called to the region's pit tragedies (From Leigh Journal)
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Coal miners were specially trained do deal with Lancashire's underground pit disasters
10:20am Saturday 24th August 2013 in News
HERE is a photograph to stir memories from the days when the coal and cotton industries were the main employers in the Leigh area.
Reader Dorothy Partington sent in this photograph taken around 1950 of a mines rescue team based at Boothstown Mines Rescue Station in Ellenbrook Road. The building still stands alongside the road which ancient Boothstowners may recall was formerly known as Rosin Lane.
Dorothy’s father, the late Harry Cowburn, is pictured on the far right of the back row. Mr Cowburn, who lived in Manchester Road, Tyldesley was one of the specially trained rescuers who were called out when underground accidents occured throughout the region.
Dorothy’s father also worked at Caleb Wright’s mill in Shuttle Street, Tyldesley and was a Special Constable in the late 1950s/early 60s working out of Tyldesley Police Station which stood on the corner of Green Street and Stanley Street adjacent to Tyldesley Library.
The first mines rescue service was set up at Howe Bridge in what is now Lovers Lane Garage.
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