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Dickie Bird

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Simon J. 'S. Hughes
Posted: 07/01/2021 03:38:27
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I have just heard that that colourful doyen of mid Wales mining history has died. Anyone any details or have I missed it somewhere?

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Simon J. 'S. Hughes
Posted: 07/01/2021 06:14:06
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Here.
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Simon J. 'S. Hughes
Posted: 07/01/2021 09:45:19
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Thanks

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Posted: 07/01/2021 11:22:11
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Dear old Si used to send out Christmas CDs to various folk and I seem to have 5 of them and have just looked at them again. These for 2003,2004,2005,2007,2008. They comprise of many of his photographs taken during those years - mainly surface views - together with various items such as "Mines Inspector's Report on district No9 1896" and other bits and bobs. One is entitled 'Catalogue of shame' showing the wholesale destruction of sites including open cuts filled with old cars and sundry junk. There are also a few photos of Albert his favourite cat! A great fella. He came to my house once in 1987 when Hilary was doing her Mining Facsimiles reprints to pick up his copies of "History of the Cardiganshire mines (1874)" and we had to haul in an extra supply of ash trays to accommodate his spent rollups ! He related to me his exploits with 'bang' including when he made some nitroglycerin mixture which was deposited in the boys' toilet channel and which had spectacular results. Fact or fiction, it was a great yarn. Another of life's characters who will leave a big gap in the ranks and very sad news.

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