About the Book
As a young art Student, studying photography at Derby Art College in 1972, Duncan Davis produced some images from the coal mines in his native Co.Durham.
The project included a film recording the West Stanley Pit Disaster which occurred on February 16th 1909.The film recorded the harrowing scenes which met the rescue parties as seen through the eyes of the then 26 year old Jack McGregor who had finished his shift at the colliery four hours before the explosion.
This book includes Jack McGregor's first hand account of those dreadful days in the mining town of Stanley where Duncan Davis went to school.
The images of pit ponies and men working at the Marley Hill Colliery near to Stanley are rare in the depiction of men and animals at work underground, not posed and groomed for publicity, just photographed as it was.
Advertising photographer Duncan Davis along with his wife Diane have created a pub in the North Pennines which mirrors themselves. No compromises, eccentric, welcoming and quirky with a capital K. What else would you expect from a man who plays drums for the Three Steps to Hebburn. It is a gathering place for artists, musicians, actors, eccentrics and all who appreciate individuality. They regularly escape to their traditional narrow boat and join friends along the canal system of Britain. Read about these adventures in "Braunston and Back." Or, in "Minor Roads through France," join them for a leisurely drive to Agen in a 1955 Morris Minor to skiffle with Earl Grey and the Charwallahs. Better still visit them at the Black Bull Frosterley - "Diary of a Weardale Pub."