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Who killed Charlie Halliday - in the pit near Seaham Bay

10 years old and cold as clay - who killed Charlie Halliday?

Was it Lady Frances Anne - and her Londonderry man

Lord & Lady of the dance - in the Age of Elegance

Who killed Charlie Halliday -blasted 30 yards they say

In the month that follows May - who killed Charlie Halliday?

Was it pulley wheels that rolled - spinning coal-dust into gold

Tempests ruled the land & sea - forging chains of tyranny

Who killed Charlie Halliday - trapper boy stained black & grey

16 hours for 5 pence pay - who killed Charlie Halliday?

Was it days of endless night - or the fire-damp’s deadly bite

Carried on his father’s back - to meet death down in ‘The Nack’

Who killed Charlie Halliday - buried under rock he lay

Never knew the joy of play - who killed Charlie Halliday?

That was 1852 - things don’t change - they seldom do

Those who have - know how to hold - will we ever break the mould?


Somewhere in the world today - there’s a Charlie Halliday

Charlie Halliday

was a 10 year old boy killed in an explosion

in the Seaham Pit  - The Nicky-Knack -

in 1852 in County Durham - UK

Who Killed Charlie Halliday? Live - The Stumble Inn

Barry Etherington