The following year, he worked with his first pit pony
. "At that time, in 1950, I was going on 16 and had been working at the bottom of the pit shaft since I had gone underground.
She was beautiful and spoke engagingly to the kids, who were reading Pit Pony
at the time.
Roy, 64, who runs a pit pony
sanctuary in Pontypridd, Wales, denied his petition was a waste of time.
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"He only has one pit pony
. The others he has never worked down the mines."
The original parade, held in Sherburn Hill, included a band of costumed cyclists, and featured a pirate with a bike decorated as a ship and a retired pit pony
pulling a tub.
Created jointly by the For more pictures go to www.walesonline.co.uk RGS and street gallery pioneers Wecommunic8, its Welsh landscapes also include the Italianate village of Portmeirion, Llanberis Quarry, raised earth sculpture Sultan the pit pony
in Caerphilly, the Brecon Beacons and Neath Port Talbot's steel industry.
We also like Parc Penallta, a former coal tip at Hengoed that has a giant carving of a pit pony
in the ground, which is amazing."
Free art and craft activities for children continue through the holidays at the Overton museum, including making your own miner's lamp, creating pit pony
sock puppets and casting a fossil to take home.
"We do have regular problems with foxes and other predators," said Roy, who lives and works at the Fforest Uchaf Horse and Pony Centre and Pit Pony
Sanctuary, which is based on a 20-acre hill farm in Penycoedcae, Pontypridd.
Sharon's Irish dancing and scabby rash nearly brought me out in laughter hives.
Ben, the Shetland pony, will be performing for visiting families as a pit pony
, pulling coal tubs along the track of the Racecourse Colliery.