Barbara Keeley MP

LABOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

Barbara wants to find Worsley Bevin Boys

bevan boys badgeA new badge to honour the great contribution the Bevin Boys made to Britain’s War effort between 1941 and 1948 is being introduced, and Barbara is calling for the Bevin Boys of Worsley to contact her so they can apply for it.

After the exodus of mineworkers who left the industry to join the army, Britain needed to replace them. The Bevin Boys (who were named after the then Minister for Labour Ernest Bevin) were conscripted to keep the mines going. Some Bevin Boys lost their lives in the service of their country, in mining accidents.

Until recently the Bevin Boys have not been formally recognised by the Government, something Barbara has been campaigning to change. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair announced recently that the thousands who worked down coal mines in World War II would receive a special badge recognising their service. Famous Bevin Boys include Bolton Wanderers legend Nat Lofthouse, the late Eric Morecambe, Jimmy Saville and Lord Brian Rix.

Now, Barbara wants to contact Bevin Boys in Worsley constituency so that they can apply for their badge when it is launched.

Speaking after a recent reception for the Bevin Boys Association in Parliament, Barbara said:

The Bevin Boys’ contribution to the war effort deserves to be formally recognised. I am delighted that it now will be through the award of this special badge. Industry and arms production during the war depending on maintaining our coal stocks and the war may not have been won without the efoorts of the Bevin Boys. I am keen to find out if there are any Bevin Boys in the Worsley area, and would like them to get in touch with me.”

Please note:

The application process will be announced by the end 2007 with a view to awarding the first badge in March 2008, the 60th anniversary of the last Bevin Boy being demobbed. To let Barbara know if you were a Bevin Boy, you can contact her in her local office on 0161 799 4159 or write to her at 37 Manchester Road, Walkden, Manchester, M28 3NS. You can also email her through the "Contact Me" section of this website.

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