Thursday, 28 January 2010

DERBYSHIRE MINERS'

In response to readers’ requests for pictures of Derbyshire Miners’ Welfare Holiday Centre, Marsh Road, here are a couple of postcards from 1960s. The paddling pool card was sent to a lady in Holbrooks, Coventry, saying that the senders were having a pleasant time with fair weather, plenty of food and good companions.

The colour photo shows a sign you would find today on a corner of Marsh Road and Chatsworth Road leading to an estate that Wales & West Housing Association built where Derbyshire Miners’ used to be. Down there in addition to Chatsworth Road are Thornton Close, Sudbury Close, Haddon Close and Buxton Court.

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THU 4th FEB 2010 UPDATE: Thanks to Andy Lindley of Ashby-de-la-Zouch for sending the following comments:
"I am originally from Derbyshire and used to holiday in Rhyl at the Miners' Camp in the early 1970s. I would have been around 7 or 8 and my brother two years younger; we went about three times. I remember eating in the big canteen and when a waitress dropped something everybody cheered. There always seemed to be pea soup for starters – not good for kids who don't like vegetables! The pool always seemed cold so I can't understand why all you locals kept climbing over the back fence to use it."

MON 30th MAR 2015 UPDATE: Found for sale on Internet, the badge below indicates that at some point the camp was named The Derbyshire Holiday Centre . . .


. . . and in this postcard, which is unused and undated, the camp is called Derbyshire Miners' Holiday Centre.


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