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given a 1d on Wednesday & Saturday to go to the little flea-pit to see Pearl White & such, where the picture looked like black rain on white, but hordes of kids booing or cheering the heros & villains

We lived about 200 yds off the main road in one of 4 little 2 bed houses  The road led directly on to the common & in the distance the 3 mines called West Cannock Colliery where Dad worked. At various times the little Welsh pit ponies would be brought up for a rest period. The men took great care of them & fed them from their snap. This was food they took with them for their shift & was usually thick wedges of bread & butter or dripping & a bottle of cold tea  When Dad came home, as soon as Mum heard him, a cup of tea was ready & hot water for his wash before he ate  He was very smart when he was cleaned up & wore breeches & leather gaiters & always a cap & his moustache curled up almost to his eyes  He raced whippets, I think Mu has a picture of him with one.

Sundays were family days, when which ever members of the family could, came for tea, usually bringing some goodies or