Sheldon is an Underground Official, based at Kellingley Colliery. He was approached by a parent of one of the pupils at Bentley High Street School, based in Doncaster, who asked if he would be willing to teach some of the pupils all about the life of a coal miner.
Training Manager at Kellingley colliery Alan Barker worked alongside Sheldon to produce a presentation which he could deliver to the pupils, showing them what it is really like underground, how coal mining actually works and about the safety skills and training you need to be a coal miner. The pupils got to try on Sheldon’s work wear including his hat, lamp, belt and safety equipment.
Angela Saunders, the teacher responsible for the show and tell, said "the children found the presentation interesting and were very excited to find out what it was like for a coal miner working in a modern coal mine today. They particularly enjoyed the interactive elements and trying on some on the equipment."