Coalburn oral history brought to life in pit film

There's Light at the End of the Tunnel in Pits and Ponies mining follow up film.
There's Light at the End of the Tunnel in Pits and Ponies mining follow up film.

Five films aimed at telling the people’s story of South Lanarkshire’s mining heritage are to feature at a free film night in Hamilton but tickets are limited so if you want a place in the audience make sure and apply soon.

A genre-spanning night of drama, documentary and even supernatural horror is in store for those who do attend the event at Hamilton Fire Station on February 3rd.

The five films have been produced over the last two years by the Heritage Lottery funded project Pits, Ponies, People and Stories which supported individuals, community organisations and schools to investigate the mining heritage of their towns and villages.

Professional filmmakers worked with volunteers to develop their ideas and bring them to the screen in the five films which are:

On That Day – a drama based on the impact of a mining accident on a family

Shaft 9 – a supernatural thriller in the storytelling tradition of mining communities

No Moans on the South Side – documentary about the Blantyre Mine Disaster

There’s Light at the End of the Tunnel – drama based on oral histories collected in Coalburn

Pits, Ponies, People and Stories: The Documentary

South Lanarkshire Chair of Education Councillor Jean McKeown said; ‘Over the past two years Pits, Ponies, People and Stories has been a fascinating journey into the shared heritage handed down through the people in South Lanarkshire’s former mining communities.

“As a result of the project we have seen a new re-enactment event, a Local Mining Heritage Resource published, art works created, and these films produced. We have an exhibition opening at Low Parks Museum in Hamilton on March 10 which will run until the end of the year.

“Together all these elements create an important new resource recording the history and heritage of communities and people for future generations.’

The film screening is Hamilton Fire Station on Wednesday February 3, at 5.30pm.

If you want to attend phone Joan Livingstone on 01698 452501 or email gw14livingstonjoan@glow.sch.uk with your ticket request no later than Monday February 1.