At the Coalface - autobiography by Joan Hart, former Hatfield Collliery nurse

28th July 2015

Joan Hart was the Sister at Hatfield Colliery for fourteen years between 1974 and 1988 and her new book details her life including those memorable years.

Joan's book was published the same week the news of the pit closure was announced, a coincidence that Joan says is poignant.

In 1974 Joan became sister in charge of Hatfield Colliery's medical centre, responsible for 2,000 men, which she ran along with three trusty Medical Room Attendants. She decided she would always go to her patients and, true to her word, and dressed in a boiler suit, pit boots, hard hat, and headlamp, over the following years, Joan always went down to treat her men.

"Working at Hatfield Pit was and remains one of the happiest times of my life. [...] I belong to a different time, and I miss it.  I miss the banter of the men, the miners' jokes.  It was a different world back then, but it was one I am proud to have played a part in," says Joan.

At the Coalface, the heart-warming true story of a Yorkshire pit nurse, (co written with Veronica Clark,) is out now. 

Source: Doncaster Free Press, July 23rd, 2015.

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