Despite the horrific accident (coal face twenty three was totally destroyed and no longer workable) Dave returned to his job within weeks joining the other miners who all began working on another coal face. He said that he was very nervous but continue working underground for a further two years. Then, the unthinkable happened! The Northern United Colliery was closed down - on Christmas Day 1965! It was sudden and unexpected. Over night everyone was out of work.
The mine buildings are still there today but the pit has been filled in and capped. Below is the sign outside the colliery gates which is still there today.
Today Dave is a great Ambassador for the Forest, a place he loves. He describes his life and life in the Forest in his amazing poems. His collection of poetry and songs are published on three CD's and are for sale at the Dean Heritage Centre.
Dave has been booked for an evening show with the Forest Male Voice Choir on Friday 21st October 2011 which will be filmed for ITV. We look forward to seeing him on National TV later in the year.