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The poems of Alan Geoffrey Sheard "The Miner"

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A collection of short stories, poems and thoughts. Some are funny, some are sad, others controversial. Read them and decide for yourself. I have written it as I saw it. By Alan Geoffrey Sheard as featured on BBC Radio Sheffield

     I am a shy person; anyone who knows me will vouch for that. However, I have always been interested in writing. It took me fifty-five years to put pen to paper as it were. I was born in Barnsley in the late forties and of course, being brought up in a mining village (Brierley) it was only a matter of time before I followed my dad and granddad underground. I left Brierley Grimethorpe Secondary Modern School (Now Willowgarth) and started work at Ferrymoor pit. Attending Hemsworth Mining College was part of the training to enable all young miners to work underground. It was a time in my life that I can look back on with fond memories and of course I met many good friends. I worked in the mines for a few years and then the 'Wonder Lust' hit me (as I suppose it did all the young lads in those days), so I decided to join the army. I served nine years in the army including a stint in Northern Ireland. When I left I settled in North Yorkshire with my first wife and two children. I returned to the mining industry and worked in the Selby coalfield (once a miner, always a miner). I became a member of the Mines Rescue Team enjoying my training at Wakefield. During my time as a miner and Rescue Man I worked at various collieries and met many fine men. I finally left North Yorkshire and returned to the Barnsley area (Grimethorpe), back to my roots as they say. I visit Brierley regularly to visit my youngest brother Gary. We enjoy a laugh and I catch up with all the latest gossip. Gary is a well-known member of the community and works tirelessly to keep good old Brierley on the map. Anyway, that's enough about me. If you like a laugh or a lump in your throat, I can only say, read my poems. You will not be disappointed.

To those around the world that know me, I wish you and yours all the very best. God Bless you all. Regards Alan Geoffrey Sheard

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