The above sketch is of a neighbour of ours who, when on ” Afters “, would spend the morning, ( As did others ), leaning over the rounded concrete part of the front wall to the house, I can’t say it was a garden wall, for there was no garden to the houses, just a postage stamp sized garden at the rear. The miner wood while away his time waiting for the time for him to set off on his journey down town to catch the bus that would take him to the pit. That small part of the wall was a leaning perch for many of the Miners to breath the fresh air, enjoy a cigarette, and cough up any of the coal dust that had been breathed in whilst working amongst the coal and coal dust down at the bottom of the mine. How true this was for many , for all the miners of our town, and also all the other mining towns who relied on coal for that matter. It was also a perch for a chat with any passer by on their way to the shop, many folk who saw someone leaning over and enjoying the day, would walk over , stop , and could talk for many a while. I believe his afternoon shift would have been 2 till 10 pm.. I’m sure Afternoons was a shift they liked, for they could get a full nights sleep afterwards. The downside being, the Pubs shut at 10 pm. But you could bet your bottom dollar that they would have a Jug of Draught Beer on the pantry slab for when they returned to wash down the dust.