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Thread #101128   Message #2036963
Posted By: synbyn
27-Apr-07 - 06:21 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Coal Not Dole (Kay Sutcliffe)
Subject: RE: info/ADD: who wrote Coal Not Dole?
Hi all!
Thanks for the leads- from what i can gather, Kent coal burned hot, and so was useful for steel-making which unfortunately was in decline at the same time. The early history of the Kent mines is Enronesque! Mick was talking about steam coal for railway engines, which in any case were withdrawn from Kent in June 1961, so another market gone. The power stations took some as pulverised fuel, apparently.
Coal Not Dole song lyrics moved me because of their understatement/ resignation/ underlying anger- I guess most industries have similar tales to tell, with the manufacturing moving east (one theory is that it was the opening up of eastern Europe that really broke the British Mining industry)- and from a recent visit to France they're facing the same. How on earth we get away rom writing songs about the disappearing I don't really know. Certainly Kay Sutcliffe anticipated the tourist trail. Is she still actively singing/writing?