Vesting Day at Thornley Colliery, January 1st 1947
Thornley Colliery Vesting Day 1947

Thornley Colliery was nationalised on January 1st 1947 ‘on behalf of the people’. Taken at the pit gates, this photograph marked that momentous day. The men featured are,

Front row, left to right: Jimmy Adamson, Billy Atkin, Joe Milburn, Mr Alderson (Under Manager), Joe Cherry, Jimmy Webb.

Second row: Martin Fleming, PC Grey, George Johnson, Bert Patterson, Billy Henderson, Billy Straughn, Joe Ullet, Billy Dowdon, Hubert Tunney, Tom Holder.

Back row: Ned Carter, Arthur Welsh (the Colliery Manager), Johnny Williams, Mr Swallow, George Wilson.

Photograph via Owen Rowland. Caption researched by Owen Rowland.