Today was a very sad day. I attended the funeral of Owen Tucker. Owen was a friend and inspiration. Owen was a miner, for 35 years, who lived in Six Bells.
For his entire life he lived in the terraced house where he had been born 84 years earlier. Owen Tucker was deply honest, generous and spoke his mind, in a mild-mannered way. He was a man of the community and respected by the community. As a member of the Mines Rescue Team, he was one of of the first on the scene after the Six Bells mining disaster in 1960 that killed 45 fellow miners. He rarely talked about it, but he did, in harrowing detail, for the the Coal Face project. A keen photographer, Owen would often accompany me when I was out looking for locations. He had a wonderful face full of stories, and also some pain. I photographed him several times and he was the poster “boy” for the Coal Face that was part of Diffusion 2019 “Sound and Vision”. R.I.P Owen Tucker – 10th Feb 1935 – 14th August 2019 – – by Richard Jones 05Sept2019-