A Tunnel of Darkness

A miner from Ashington discovers his wife's infidelity. left alone he faces an uncertain future when the pit is set for closure. the strikes of 1969 force him to relocate to South Yorkshire where he meets a young school teacher. who pushes the young man to make a better life for himself.


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When Ged brought the drinks over, Rob said that it was his round until Ged told him he’d dropped the jackpot on the bandit.

“We had no luck on the bingo said Christine.”

“A band came on the stage called “The Spellbinders” who played a lot of “The Beatles” songs as well as the kinks and

The Rolling Stones.

Men and women were dancing in the aisles as the dance floor was full.

“A committee man was going around telling people that they could not dance in the aisles; but was just ignored.


“What are you and Christine going to do then Rob when the pit closes; are you going to move away?

“No said Christine; Rob won’t leave his beloved allotment will you she stressed.

“I might get a job in a factory Ged.”

“Doing what for Christ sake?

“Making tyres for cars; I’ve heard that they are taking on at the new Dunlop factory in Lynmouth.”

“But Rob you come from a generation of miners like me; right back to me great, great, grand father.”

“Don’t tell me you could hack working in a bloody factory all day long?

“Nowt else to do Ged; I’ve got to make a living somewhere.”

“Well I for one will be Glad when he’s out of the Pit.” No more washing coal and soot filled clothes for starters then having to scrub the bugger down every night either.”

“Bring on the factory I say; said Christine folding her arms.”

“I take it you will be moving away then Ged?

“I; am going where ever coal is; I am.”

“Yorkshire is a bit away from home though Ged; will you not miss the place?

“I reckon I will that, but I need a fresh start; here is the place it was anymore.”

 “What about all your friends?

“I shall come back and visit you every so often as I plan to buy a car.”

“See said Christine, there’s a man with vision.”

 “Shut up will you woman.”

“Don’t you be telling me to shut up Robert Abraham.” I have a mind of my own and will use it as I please.”
The couple continued arguing as Ged told them he was leaving.

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