Seacoal (1985)

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  • Sea Coal Alternative
  • Sea Coalers Alternative


Uses a fusion of fiction and documentary to explore the lives of seacoalers on the Northumberland coast. Each year, private contractors are licensed by the National Coal Board to recycle waste coal. Tipped from the local pits, the coal is 'sorted' by the sea, and finally washed ashore by the tide. For generations local people and travellers held common rights to collect seacoal from the Lynemouth shore, but, in 1979, the beach and its attendant mineral rights were sold to local entrepreneurs, posing a threat to the traditional way of life of the seacoalers.

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