One Tuesday afternoon, Mr Routledge took a party of twenty four boys from our school to Newmarket Silkstone Colliery. We left the school at 1.30 and made our way to the mine. When we reached the mine we had to sign the visitors book.When we had all finished signing the book, we were put into groups of eight. The deputy in charge of each group took us to our lockers to get changed into our old clothes. When we had got our helmets, we made our way to the lamp shed, We each got a lamp and a belt to fasten our lanterns. Then we were given two pieces of metal with a number one each one. One was round and one was square. The round one was to get down the mine, the square one was to get back up from the pit bottom.