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The author, Ray Lawrence, was born in Cwmcarn, and was the third generation of miners in his family. He worked for twenty-five
years at the Celynen South Colliery, Abercarn, until its closure in 1985.
He was the National Union of Mineworkers, Lodge Secretary at that colliery for fourteen years, and served for three years on the
South Wales Area Executive Council of the NUM. He took an active part in the 1984/85 miners' strike.
He retired from the probation service in 2009, and, in the words of Hywel Francis, MP, turned from helping make history to
recording it. His books have been used as presentations to such dignitaries as the head of the European Union, and the Prime
Minister of the day, by the Coalfield Communities Campaign, and are highly regarded by other authors, and libraries, such as the
South Wales Miners' Library, as reference works.
His BSc comes from part-time study with the Open University while he was in his 60's.