Down Memory Lane

A strike soup kitchen, Newtongrange, 1926 �Scottish Mining Museum.
A strike soup kitchen, Newtongrange, 1926 �Scottish Mining Museum.

By the beginning of December, the strike was well and truly over, but there were still a few problems to be resolved.

Because of the length of the strike, some of the pits needed considerable work done to repair defects in the workings, and some 2,500 miners in East and Midlothian were still out of work.

This caused some discussion on whether they were eligible for unemployment pay, or if their families should still be receiving poor relief.

One Dalkeith man appeared in the Burgh Court charged with defrauding the Parish Council by accepting relief after he was back at work. Although the money had been paid back, he was fined 10/- or six days.

The Dalkeith Cooking Centre was still open, but by now was feeding only 48 children and all staff except for one had been paid off.

The Midlothian Education Committee reported that during the strike 1 .5 million meals had been supplied, a remarkable effort.

Since the beginning of October, 4,013 children had applied for boots and clothing – 1,512 had been given new boots, 368 had their boots repaired and 82 children had been given clothes.

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