One of the last Photo's taken of the pit yard and winding gear, the red brick building to the Right of photo was a new Fan House and Drift, completed just prior to the mine being closed.
Photo below is of Thurcroft Colliery banner at the Miners Demonstration at Rotherham, taken in early 1980s, in front of the banner in fancy dress, left to right, Mrs C Pickering and Daughter, Mrs J Walker, Mrs V Rollison, Mrs S Close. Walt Hindley. thanks to Mrs. S Close for use of photo.
Photo below of Thurcroft Colliery banner, with thanks to Mr P Fortune.
Below is a photo of Mr Pearson,working in the Lamproom cleaning and filling the oil lamps for the next shift. Photo taken i think some time in the 1970s, thanks to Mrs M Massey for the loan of the photo.
The two photos below were kindly loaned by Shaun Donaghue, the first shows Salvaging operations in progress in Feb 1992, on S60s face, in the photo are left to right, Pete Francis [overman], Mick Gregory, Shaun Donaghue, Terry Rodgers, and Paul Duke.
Second photo shows Safety quize Team from the 1980s, left to right. Alan Homes, Shaun Donaghue, Neil Podmore.
Photo below of Thurcroft Branch at the Miners Demonstration at Doncaster in 1963, sent in by Mrs Fellows her father is at the
back of the picture with hat on, also on the photo is, pushing banner Jim Bratley,a little further back is Albert Seed with his son Jeff, next row back is Henry and Millie Close, behind them is Wilf Metcalf, outside row half way back is Ronnie Plant. Outside row last man at the back Jack Thompson.
Below are three photo's of Thurcroft Colliery Band, first two taken on 21 June 1958. It is a photo of the Miners Demonstration in Barnsley. The band leader is George Sykes. The second photo is a blown up section showing the the people in front of the banner.
Below in the enlarged section of the above photo shows Band leader George Sykes, second from left front row George Close, Big Drum Dereck Denny, at the back of the outside row behind the First Aid man is George Downing and behind him is Jack Finnie, both NUM officials. Two behind Jack is Johnny Palaz (no hat ), in front of him is Jack Smith.
Last photo shows Band Marching up Katherine Road with the NUM Branch Banner in the back ground. The old Bottom Club can be seen in the back ground.They are out of uniform because at that time the band did'nt have any uniforms. Thanks to Mrs S, Close for use of photo's.
The three photos below were kindley sent in by Mrs P Thomas and the first two show Mrs Thomas father Mr Bob Tye who was a Fitter along side Mr Bill Holloway a Winder, photo on left is we think took in the Fitting shops, and the photo on the right was in the No 1 Winding Engine House as the winder was changed from Steam winding to Electric power.
The third photo shows a group of men underground possibly from the 1950s Mr Tye is second row second right, Griffith John Reece is third from right back row, most of the other men look like fitters,and it's the installation of the Eickoff, at the top of the Barnsley Drift. If any viewer knows any of the men on the photo please let us know.
As a foot note to the above photo Mr Gordon Squires as identified his uncle Mr Derek Blackwell, 3rd from the left and Mr Ron Tipping center back. Also Mr Michael Clark has identified his Father Mr Bill Clark, Second left, back row.
The photo below was very kindly sent in by Mr Les Walker and has been confirmed by Mr David Page that it is the old screens at Thurcroft
Two photos below were kindly sent in by Sharon Byrne, and show her Father Mick Lockley, the first is self explanatory,and comes from the Coal News 1980s,
Second photo was taken at Rescue H.Q. Erskine Road Rotherham,it shows Thurcroft number 2 Rescue Team in training. Left side front Mick Lockley,behind is Eric Dunkley, Back right Harry Bailey,in front of Harry is Jimmy Cunliff, and front right is Ivan Allen.photo from 1970s.
The photo below is from the Coal News 1975/6 and we think it is celebrating the record of opening 6s Face line from HO1s supply gate with a Dosco. There are many well known faces on the photo including, Alan Hitchins, Dennis Hollins, Harry Elliot, Billy Lloyd, Bob Everitt, Mr Walters [under manager] R Kennedy, J Orridge, G Shelldon, G Dodsworth, I Allen, W Whatley, R Shepheard, among others.
Below is a photo of the Control Room in the new Coal Prep Plant [washer] approx1976, Martin Harvey [fitter] is checking the controls,left hand monitor shows one of the conveyor belts that brought coal in to the plant.
The photo below is part of a bigger picture taken in the 1980s of Thurcroft Village and Mine, it's an unusual view of the surface features of Thurcroft Pit and surounding land scape.
A couple of photo's below of the Pit Baths,left one is clean side looking down to the Time office and out to the Canteen. Right side, a view of a bay of lockers.
Below this is where the underground men filled there water bottles before going underground.