DERBYSHIRE: Miners seaside memories

The original camp shop and snack bar at the very end of the at Derbyshire Miners Holiday Camp Skegness.
The original camp shop and snack bar at the very end of the at Derbyshire Miners Holiday Camp Skegness.
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For thousands of Derbyshire miners a revitalising week in Skegness was a highlight after a year’s hard graft in the pit.

For several decades, they travelled in their hundreds to the Derbyshire Miners’ Welfare Holiday Camp in the popular east coast resort.

Viscount lord Hyndley opened the new theatre in 1951at Derbyshire Miners Holiday Camp in Skegness

Viscount lord Hyndley opened the new theatre in 1951at Derbyshire Miners Holiday Camp in Skegness

These happy years in Skegness are now going to form the basis of a new book being researched by Michelle Pattinson, whose family worked at the camp.

She said for many, the camps were the miners only chance of taking their families to the seaside for a well-deserved holiday.

She added: “This is social history that must be recorded for future generations. My book is from the staff’s point of view; what it was like to work in this unique environment. I would dearly love more information from anyone who went to the camp especially the staff and stories of what holidaymakers remember.”

Pits in the area took it in turns to send their workers to the camp for a week each summer. The miners used to make a weekly contribution from their wages to pay for the trips.

To share your memories contact Michelle by emailing shelley324@live.co.uk