Barbara is leading the call to find the Bevin Boys of Worsley.
The Bevin Boys played a major role in Britain’s war effort between 1941 and 1948 working in the mining industry across the country.
The Bevin Boys system was brought about by the exodus of mineworkers who left the industry to join the army, leaving the country in a vulnerable position industrially.
Many of the Bevin Boys – called after the then Minister for Labour Ernest Bevin – gave their lives for the country in the mines. They have not been recognised formally by the Government, and Barbara Keeley is calling for this to happen.
“The role that the Bevin Boys played during the Second World War was extraordinary. I am keen to find out if there are any veteran Bevin Boys in the Worsley area, and would like them to get in touch with me.
“I hope that there will be an annoucement in the run up to Veterans Day next week that recognises the role that the Bevin Boys played during Word War II and the reconstruction period afterwards.
“Such recognition would show that their vital commitment to our war effort and reconstruction efforts is valued and remembered.”