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Old 06-10-2017, 09:27 AM
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Thanks. I only have a vague recollection of seeing a gummer being used. I think the cutting shift at Whittle was the 3.45am shift which I avoided like the plague. My great uncle Alf Sergeant (Amble, now deceased) was a cutter man on that shift only ever saw him in passing at the shift change!

I can remember the cutters being used in the headings, no gummer just someone alongside with a shovel feverishly shovelling the duff away.

Another question, in the headings I seem to recall the cutter having a 9' jib and on the face a 6' - am I correct?
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