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Mining Review 10/11: Crock'n'Roll (1957)


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The Pier Pavilion at Herne Bay is a popular meeting place for East Kent miners and their families. The roller skating floor is claimed to be one of the best in the country. Many of the skating rink's patrons come from nearby Chislet Colliery.

Before a broken leg laid him low, Fred Guy, Chislet Colliery face measurer, was one of the biggest attractions at Herne Bay. Fred is one of Britain's hottest men on roller skates when he's fighting fit. At home, he keeps over seventy trophies won for roller racing and roller hockey.

Out of the game temporarily, he spends more of the time home than in the past, but you can't keep him away from Herne Bay pier. The local roller hockey team is one of the top eight in Britain. Apart from Fred, who has represented Britain internationally fifteen times since 1950, another mining international is collier Walter Standham. He keeps goal for the Herne Bay team.


Roller hockey's a hard game, and the boys don heavy leg protection as they kit up before a match against Rochester. The Herne Bay team are doing all right without their star performer, but they'll certainly be glad when that broken leg is mended and Fred Guy can once again take his place in their team line-up.