Miner cheated death and karate maestro

Here’s what was hitting the headlines in the St Helens Reporter 30 years ago this week.

A miner who miraculously cheated death after plunging 300 feet down a mineshaft was released from hospital after just two weeks.

Henry Daniels, 54, a miner at Parkside Colliery, was now recovering at his home in Vista Road, Haydock.

He suffered serious friction burns to his hand after grabbing a wire winding rope to help break his fall.

His wife, Heather, said: “We don’t know when he will be able to return to work yet as it depends on his progress.”

In other news, Rainhill Hospital had a VIP visit when Knowsley MP Robert Kilroy-Silk inspected the new secure unit.

Mr Kilroy-Silk had been nationally involved with prison reforms and had campaigned for such secure units to be introduced since 1976.

He spent two hours inspecting the unit - one of only 14 of its kind in the whole country.

Elsewhere, the former St Helens MP Lord Shawcross celebrated his 82nd birthday.

Lord Hartley William Shawcross was MP from 1945 until his resignation in 1958.

Before becoming MP he was a senior lecturer in Law at Liverpool University.

And finally, karate expert Stuart Burrows spent a night on the tiles at West Park RUFC when he managed to break 154 roofing tiles in just 90 seconds!

Stuart, of Malvern Road in Parr, was a member of the Tokoro Karate Club in St Helens and was raising money for an oxygen machine for diabetics and a ventilator for St Helens Hospital.

He raised nearly £300.