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A tribute by John Doxey
Stan Crowther was never a miner, and yet when you read the words to his song "The Silverwood Disaster" it becomes apparent that he understands better than most non miners what being a miner was all about.
In March 2007 I received a very nice email from a lady named Sheila Cameron who works with Stan on the Rotherham Civic Society, inviting me to participate in a project named " Our Heritage in Stones" to be displayed on a stand at Rotherham Heritage Fair on the 19th May 2007. One aspect of this will be disasters, planning to include the Silverwood disaster of 1966.
Sheila informed me, "At that time our Chairman, Stan Crowther, was working as a freelance journalist and was also a folk singer and song writer. He wrote a song about the disaster, which affected him deeply. It was widely sung around the folk clubs and we are hoping to play this as part of our exhibition. "
Emails were exchanged and one night I received a phone call from Sheila and Stan.
Now I have never met Stan or Sheila but they both have a wonderful gift and that is to instantly put you at ease, and within seconds we were talking as though we had known each other for years. I soon realized Stan had a great sense of humour, and also that despite a very much acclaimed public life, he is as much down to earth as you would expect a Yorkshire man to be.
So I Googled our Stan that night and came up with a variety of information about the man known as "Mr. Rotherham"
In 1925 Stan Crowther was born in Rotherham, and still lives there today [ 2007 ] . Whilst in the forces he served in the Royal Signals, and upon returning to civvy street became a journalist, which was to be his profession for some 30 years. His reporting skills extended into the Yorkshire region and also to a national level. This enabled Stan to become socially aware of the needs of the local populace as a local journalist covering local events that were often tragic like the 1966 Silverwood disaster, in contrast he would often cover events that were a great insight into the light hearted side of life in the local communities, giving him a sound foundation for his political career.
THE MUSIC MAN
In 1956 he was like most people at the time caught up in the British skiffle era, influenced by the likes of Lonnie Donnegan, The Vipers Skiffle group, Nancy Whiskey, and others. This led to Stan's introduction as a local entertainer, forming the Sundowners Skiffle Group with local lads Frank Hedge, Barry Morton, Dirk Eaton and Allan Smith. The group became very popular locally and our Stan emerged as a vocalist of some renown, and it his said that he did a marvellous version of the Merle Travis classic "Dark as a Dungeon" which is a coal mining song. Stan over the following years was also to become a composer of songs, these songs revealing the mischievous nature of his humour, as well as the serious side found in the "Silverwood Disaster".
Around 1979 Mike Harding aka "The Rochdale Cowboy" and ' Mrs. Harding's Kid"
recorded one of Stan's songs which was titled "The Hole in the Elephant's Bottom"
now if that title has you chuckling what about one of Stan's other well
known compositions "The Vicar and The Frog". Now trust me on this but the
end line of the latter title is a belly shaker.
In 1997 Sheffield celebrated the seven hundredth anniversary of cutlery making in the City. The club decided to mark the occasion by making a film, to be called "Seven Hundred Years". The film was introduced by Stan Crowther, the former MP and Mayor of Rotherham and an accomplished entertainer. He recorded the commentary and even sang a song about one of the industry's young victims.
THE UNION MAN
A dedicated trade unionist, he is a life member of the National Union of Journalists, holds the silver medal of the Transport and General Workers’ Union and was presented with the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation’s shield ‘in the appreciation of his meritorious service to the steel industry and the ISTC.’
When the anti smoking brigade raised their arguments in Parliament, Stan joined in the debate and took the brigade on regarding some of the facts they used to prove their point. He researched the same medical findings that the brigade quoted and discovered that the actual results differed from those quoted, in particular regarding passive smoking. The actual finding was that a passive smoker would have to remain in a room with a smoker for a non stop period of 450 hours to inhale the equivalent of one cigarette, a figure far in excess of that quoted by the anti smoking brigade.
In 1992 Stan retired as Rotherham M. P. and James Boyce took over the role. This is what James said in Parliament.
Stan Crowther was Rotherham’s MP from 1976 to 1992 and the town’s Mayor in 1971/72 and also 1975/76. Mr Crowther is now chair of the Rotherham Civic Society, who are also working in partnership with the Borough Council to restore Boston Castle.
Researched from various sources on the web by John Doxey.
Many thanks Stan for contributing your song "The Silverwood Disaster" to this site.
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