READER Dave Pithie must have suffered the same fate as me, terrified of being sent down the mines as a Bevin Boy
During the war he had hoped to be called up and serve in the RAF, but was instead conscripted to work in the coal mining industry when he turned 18 as a Bevin Boy
Steve Broom, Hull #I'm a 90-year-old former Bevin Boy
, and throughout the commemorations for the 70th anniversary of VE Day I did not hear any mention of the 40,000 plus conscripts to the coal mines from 1943-48.
Goathland, meanwhile, is the "home front" station with the Home Guard, an air raid scenario and a Bevin Boy
Ronald, a Bevin Boy
coal miner during World War II, was successful despite losing the use of an arm in an accident in the 1960s.
The teenager will play a wartime mining conscript, known as a Bevin Boy
, in the BBC reality show- just like his grandad did more than 60 years ago.
Tony Carroll lands his first hurdles win when 25-1 Something To Hide (Rosie Lomax) takes the two-mile-six-furlong handicap at Stratford from Bevin Boy
(Mick Haynes/David Jeffries).
Frank Walker, now 87, far left, and living in Great Ayton, spent his early career working in a mine as a Bevin Boy
like the youngsters, below.
An exhibition featuring the worK of former Bevin Boy
and artist Martin Hill opens at the National Coal Mining Museum for England next weeK.
But they also flow for Freddy and John and The Bevin Boy
and all the other miners who died.
l5lb claimer Charlie Goldsworthy strikes twice at Plumpton as Credo's Daughter (Syd Woodman) is far too good for Royal Measure in the three- mile chase, and Bevin Boy
(Alec Kerr) takes the three-mile hurdle from Amundsen.
Each week Bevin's secretary drew a single number at random and if the last digit of a new recruit's National Service number matched, they became a Bevin Boy