This song is part of the larger ‘In Our Own Words’ resource based on The Full English Extra project with the National Coal Mining Museum for England and the Wakefield Music Education Hub. It was used in a project working with Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils.
'Blue Scars' is based on the stories, ideas and vocabulary from the 'History detectives' and 'Learn some words' activities done at St.Thomas' School in Featherstone.
Miners spent so much time down the mine working in the black coal that the dust often became engrained under their skin and was impossible to wash out, leaving a permanent blue scar. In this song it is also a metaphor for the way the town is still affected by its mining past. It is something that will never go away and will not be forgotten as memories live on through the town's heritage and history.
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