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North miners reunite and reminisce

Tuesday, 15th October, 2013

Old North Mine workmates Greg Spencer (left) and Peter White caught up for a quiet ale at the 20th reunion last weekend. MORE PICTURES PAGE 2PICTURE: Ethan James Old North Mine workmates Greg Spencer (left) and Peter White caught up for a quiet ale at the 20th reunion last weekend. MORE PICTURES PAGE 2PICTURE: Ethan James

By By Emily Roberts

The 20th reunion of the North Mine closure was a wonderful success, according to organisers.

Since the mine closed, reunions have been held regularly.

Organisers Dean Fletcher and John Cornish said this year was a big anniversary and they had more 150 people attend.

Events were hosted on both Saturday and Sunday, which was a first.

On Saturday evening, a dinner and drinks were held at the St Pat’s Hall. Then on Sunday there was a recovery day at Silverton.

“It was absolutely 11 out of 10 ... we had people come from all over Australia,” John said.

He said a lot of people turned up on the night and paid for a ticket at the door.

“We were worried that the food would run out,” he said. “But there was tucker left over.”

According to John, “everyone had a ball”.

“We spent a lot of time chatting about old times.”

John said Sunday was also a great day.

“We had a barbecue at Silverton,” he said. “It was absolutely gorgeous.”

The organisers now have time to relax.

“We can just have a rest before starting to plan for the next reunion,” John said.

“We will probably plan it to be held in two years.”

At its peak the North Mine employed 1700 people. When it closed on February 12, 1993, there were just 430 left.

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