The Pit Hooter from Northern United Colliery
This December will see 50 years since the closure of the last deep mine in the Forest of Dean - Northern United. Above is the pit hooter that served the colliery. It was the custom in the Forest for all of the collieries to sound their pit hooters on the stroke of the new year. For several years after closure of Northern United this hooter was blown at midnight on December 31st - the blast being supplied by an Air Compressor.
On December 24th 2015, 50 years after the last shift, the Northern pit hooter was sounded on the site of the colliery. It was sounded by Mr Maurice Bent and powered from a compressed air generator.
Audio file of hooter:
Maurice Bent preparing to sound the Northern Hooter on Christmas Eve 2015.
If you wish to comment on this photo or can supply names of people please click here
WANTED: Old photos, old postcards, ephemera and memories of the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. U.K.- please click here to make contact.