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Trying from scratch when your mam and dad had gone to work, raking the ashes out and putting some firewood on and firelighters what looked like a big fuck off bounty bar without the chocolate, start putting small lumps of coal on, then yesterdays paper on the front of a small spade to draw the fire, when the paper started turning brown, lump some some more coal on and then put a guard up, and make your way to school.

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14 minutes ago, athywhite1958 said:

My dad made us sweep the chimney as far as you could reach too when you made the fire to stop the soot falling

Ha ha, even my parents weren't that cruel.😆

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Funny you've just put this up.

Just last night scientists were showing results from tests to investigate emissions from open coal fires. Tiny particulates containing metals found in tissues of the body.

House coal to be banned soon, so will be a thing of the past. 

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15 hours ago, leigh white said:

Trying from scratch when your mam and dad had gone to work, raking the ashes out and putting some firewood on and firelighters what looked like a big fuck off bounty bar without the chocolate, start putting small lumps of coal on, then yesterdays paper on the front of a small spade to draw the fire, when the paper started turning brown, lump some some more coal on and then put a guard up, and make your way to school.

did you get cheep coal working down the pit 

thank fuck for Mrs T 

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1 hour ago, Tonge moor green jacket said:

Funny you've just put this up.

Just last night scientists were showing results from tests to investigate emissions from open coal fires. Tiny particulates containing metals found in tissues of the body.

House coal to be banned soon, so will be a thing of the past. 

Didn’t they say link to dementia? 

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19 minutes ago, leigh white said:

Never had a coal fire when I left home, but got concessionary coal delivered to my house every month and sold it.

The red wall would come down on you like a ton of bricks if they knew that, you little tinker 

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17 hours ago, leigh white said:

Trying from scratch when your mam and dad had gone to work, raking the ashes out and putting some firewood on and firelighters what looked like a big fuck off bounty bar without the chocolate, start putting small lumps of coal on, then yesterdays paper on the front of a small spade to draw the fire, when the paper started turning brown, lump some some more coal on and then put a guard up, and make your way to school.

That was when newspapers were a proper size... couldn't do it with the tabloids. Best bit was when it caught fire... whoosh 🙂

We didn't have firelighters, just wood kindling.

Then we got a gas fire... best thing ever in the morning and you didn't get the blowbacks stinging your eyes!

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8 hours ago, little whitt said:

did you get cheep coal working down the pit 

thank fuck for Mrs T 

 

7 hours ago, leigh white said:

Never had a coal fire when I left home, but got concessionary coal delivered to my house every month and sold it.

Wigan and Leigh areas had many more chimney fires than the rest of Greater Manchester area because even after the closure of all the pits the concessionary coal was still being delivered.

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17 minutes ago, MickyD said:

 

Wigan and Leigh areas had many more chimney fires than the rest of Greater Manchester area because even after the closure of all the pits the concessionary coal was still being delivered.

My concessionary coal stopped immediately after I got made redundant, I presume everyone did.

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