This is a 1954 Coal News Report of a number of coalfield Galas.  Pictures 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 refer specifically to the 1954 Berry Hill Gala.



Picture 5: reports that June Wagstaffe (Bolsover Colliery faceworker’s daughter) is crowned 1954 Coal Queen by 1953’s Coal Queen, Brenda Johnson from Thoresby

Picture 6: reports that Bestwood Colliery’s ‘Black Diamond Band’ receives the trophy (offered for the first time) for the best band on the march

Picture 7: is described as a ‘day for the youngsters’ with Colin, son of Bilsthorpe filler, S Smith, donkey riding, filmed by Area General Manager, W V Sheppard and

Picture 8: is described as being for the oldsters and is a photo of William Harpham, 72 years of age, a filler for 53 years, and Isaac Harpham, aged 74, with over 58 years at the coalface, both being from Kirkby

Picture 9: is a picture of what is described as a mannequin parade

Categories: News.