About: Sea Coal - UK
All these men have the shakes
I wonder if it spits when burning ?
in turkey some poor people collect coal from blacksea.
Sea coal, who would of thought you could get coal on the beaches! Interesting video. Great video!!
my dad used to have joe work with him i sat in his caravan as a lil nipper while they loaded the coal used to love going out with them delivering traveled all over the country selling sea coal and was good sea coal i those days
Total respect!! My grandad worked down Elllington Colliery all his life.
i have a great respect for these men hard work makes hard men gone and so dies part of the area of the sea coalers respect
RIP unkle joe x
The colliery is now long gone.There was a few local pits which were joined underground and all the coal was brought to the surface at ellington colliery.
Yes some people still collect sea coal but i think like myself they take it for their own use. i use it over the winter for greenhouse heating.Whilst it still comes ashore it is not in any great numbers to make a living selling it.I believe there is an exposed coal seam on the sea bed and it is broken up and washed ashore.
I found this after reading Chris Killip's Sea Coal photo book today. It's good that these sea coal collectors have been recorded while it lasted. Sad to read below of Joe's death and the uncertain fate of his pony, but at least they are remembered here...
so sad roy! pity you did not get to know about her before ! sure joe would not have wanterd that after all she did for him, heart breaking , kind regards rich, ps keep up the good work.
I went to Newbiggin earlier this year and stayed in a nice frienly pub the new ship. I did see some coal on the beach and apprently there is one man knicknamed "Pie" who still uses a pony and cart to get the coal. From what I can gather it appears Joe's sister was left with the pony after Joe's death and couldn't cope so gave the pony away to a relative of Joe's called "Pie". Despite her age he tried to get her in foal, when that failed she was sold to a dealer and probably went for meat.
@Pitponyman did you ever hear anything about the pony roy ? nice thought about giving her a home !!! regards.
Joe Smith has died. His pony Lulu has been sold. Would love to buy her and give her a retirement. Anyone know where she has gone? Roy 07798 584735
@trahkered Thanks be new year after the winter as at min out of work but yes sometime in new year I will take my girlfriend there be a day out after March time when the weather gets warmer take care Ian
@sandydogy The seacoal man with the tractor does not have a regular time at the beach it all depends on the tide. i have his phone number if you want it. i collected sea coal myself recently for the greenhouse at the allotment . my postcode is ne63 9tz i live ten minutes from these beaches. ill be happy to show you these areas if you like.
@trahkered whens this guy there and whats the postdcode dont want to drive from the midlands for nothing fuel is expensice take my gf for a day away from here
very interesting ,wonder if its still done ?
Nice to see them wearing Wellington Boots.
A great insight into the lives of a generation now sadly gone.
Thank you to all involved.