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The Fourth Lad, by Sydney Carr
on 19 July 2013
I have enjoyed reading Sydney Carr's story more than I can remember enjoying a book for many a year - and I am an avid reader.
Syd grew up in the tough streets of Ashington, in Northumberland, and his young life was a daily battle in very tough and often cruel times, both within the walls of his Pont Street home and beyond. Nonetheless, I found myself laughing out loud at the many anecdotes he writes so well about. Many of these tales are hilarious!
Having seen the sad demise of pit communities, it's also going to be a lasting record of those very tough times, of the humour, the daily punishing graft in conditions that were always bad, and often dangerous. We may never see such communities again, comprised of individuals, families and communities that bonded together to mine the coal that kept the nation going.
Syd epitomises the spirit of the best of these 'pit lads,' and you will read about his indefatigable spirit from home to school to pit to Army life; how he remained upbeat when up against it, how he had the strength and spirit to get back up one more time than life knocked him down, and how he always maintained a ready sense of humour along with a kind and compassionate nature, when he has had to go through so many trials and tribulations.
Whether you come from Ashington - or the North East, whether you are or were a miner, or a squaddie - or whether you just want to enjoy a fantastic book, this is a truly great story, and I would recommend that you read it.