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Pontefract Years in Focus 1980

YEARS IN FOCUS
LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS OF THE 1980s

PONTEFRACT IN 1980

14th February 1980
MINER CRAWLS FOR EIGHT MILES TO HELP SCHOOL

An eight mile crawl on hands and knees by a linesman at the Prince of Wales Colliery, Pontefract, will hopefully have raised an estimated 500 for Went Vale School, Carleton, Pontefract.

Alan Wilkinson began his sponsored crawl at 2am on Sunday, outside the Queens Hotel, Leeds. By 10am he had travelled eight miles on the road back to Pontefract - but then he had to give up. Last September, a bed push by Yorkshire miners, involving Radio One D.J. Simon Bates, was organised to raise money to buy Variety Club of Great Britain Sunshine coaches, including one for Went Vale School.

When the school realised, however, that there was no garage for the bus, the miners came up with another money-raising idea - the sponsored crawl. Knee pads and other equipment were provided for Alan and a back up team followed him through the journey. G.T. Smith's of Pontefract provided soup and rolls. It is hoped that 500 will be collected from sponsors and possibly more, as some said although Alan did not complete the 17 miles they would pay the full amount.

A disco at Kiko's nightclub, Pontefract, in March, with guest D.J. Peter Powell and the group 'Big Business' is hoped to help raise the remainder needed to buy the garage. The new bus will be used to take the children of the school on outings and visits.

1980 INDEX


Years in Focus is researched by Maurice Haigh and reproduced with the kind permission of the Pontefract and Castleford Express.

Pontefract news from the 1980's


 

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