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'Pit heid patter' memories wanted
Barony A frame
The project called Pit Heid Patter wants miners' memories
Memories of miners who worked in a colliery closed in 1989 after 82 years in operation are being recorded for future generations.

The Barony A Frame Trust wants people in former mining communities in Ayrshire to come forward with their memories of 'pit heid patter'.

At its peak, the Barony colliery, near Auchinleck, employed 1,200 people.

The oral history project is part of a regeneration scheme for the colliery's A frame as its centenary approaches.

It aims to portray the daily lives of miners and their families and highlight adversity, humour, disasters, social events and all others facets of the coal mining industry in Ayrshire.

A pack will be produced for schools and a website of memories created.

'Community heritage'

The trust is also looking for memorabilia which would be of interest to others - including photographs, paperwork and artefacts.

Councillor William Menzies, chair of social inclusion, said: "It is important that the heritage of our communities is recorded and kept for our children and future generations.

"The Barony A Frame Trust is keen to ensure that this legacy is not lost."

The project is driven by ATS Heritage, which interprets heritage sites using a variety of new and old media.

Mike Howie, of ATS, said: "We are delighted that our work recording the Barony miners' stories is getting wider attention.

"The social and industrial heritage of this area is very rich but it has been badly neglected."

Local ATS Manager Robbie Frame said tragic mining accidents and bitterness of the 1984 strike still linger in people's minds.

He added: "Welcome surprises in this project are the local worthies, the miners' camaraderie and their widespread use of highly colourful Ayrshire patter, which we should all be proud of."

Those wishing to take part in the project can visit the pit heid patter website or go along to New Cumnock Bowling Club on Thursday, 31 August between 1300 BST and 2000 BST.

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