Underground Pony

Pip, Britain's last pit pony, has died aged 35.

He worked at Blackburn Drift, Marley Hill Colliery, near Sunniside, Gateshead, working the narrow seams 150 feet underground until it closed 30 years ago, when he was aged five.

He then moved to Sacriston Colliery, near Durham. He worked there until it ceased production in 1985. Pip was kept on for another year to help with salvage work before being given to the Beamish open air museum.

At the peak in 1913, there were 70,000 ponies underground in Britain.

Daily Telegraph 18/02/2009