South Yorkshire Times August 12, 1967
New unit is one of the 50 “top pits”
Scheduled for a Visit by Lord Robens in November
The newly combined collieries of Goldthorpe and Highgate are scheduled for a visit by Lord Robens of November 17 as the new unit is one of 50 “top priority” pits in the United Kingdom.
A coal Board spokesman told the “South Yorkshire Times” this week that Lord Robens was scheduled to visit “top pits” contrary most likely to benefit from the investment of men, materials and money.
Goldthorpe and Highgate coal is now channelled through the Goldthorpe conveyor lines, and an average of 97 hundredweight per man shift, more than twice the national average, is being achieved
Goldthorpe NUM Branch secretary Mr W.E. Sayles, said this week, “We shall welcome this visit from Lord Robens. His resignation would be a disaster. He is the only man possible for the Chairman’s job, and he has very successfully guided the coal industry through an extremely difficult period. If there are reorganisations and improvements to be made, as they must be, then he is the man to make them.”
Goldthorpe Colliery has had a consistently good record. Mr Sayles says, “We do not claim that Goldthorpe colliers are any better than other miners. We have conditions which adapt themselves perfect of power loading. The amalgamation of Goldthorpe and Highgate, which took place in June, was inevitable, and the miners are to NUM branch has worked together very amicably.”
This will be Lord Robens first visit to the Colliery, before or since the fusion.